Manipulation and the Zygote Argument: Another Reply

The Journal of Ethics 19 (1):73-84 (2015)

Markus E. Schlosser
University College Dublin
Alfred Mele’s zygote argument is widely considered to be the strongest version of the manipulation argument against compatibilism (about free will and determinism). Opponents have focused largely on the first of its two premises and on the overall dialectic. My focus here will be on the underlying thought experiment—the Diana scenario—and on the second premise of the argument. I will argue that reflection on the Diana scenario shows that the second premise does not hold, and we will see that my objection to the second premise helps to defend the claim that manipulation arguments face, in general, a dilemma
Keywords Compatibilism  Free will  Manipulation arguments  Moral responsibility  Zygote argument
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DOI 10.1007/s10892-014-9183-0
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