Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities

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Michael McKenna, David Widerker
Routledge, Jan 12, 2018 - Social Science - 376 pages
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This book was published in 2003. This book explores an important issue within the free will debate: the relation between free will and moral responsibility. In his seminal article "Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility", Harry Frankfurt launched a vigorous attack on the standard conception of that relation, questioning the claim that a person is morally responsible for what she has done only if she could have done otherwise. Since then, Frankfurt's thesis has been at the center of philosophical discussions on free will and moral responsibility. "Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities", edited by David Widerker and Michael McKenna, draws together the most recent work on Frankfurt's thesis by leading theorists in the area of free will and responsibility. As the majority of the essays appear here for the first time, "Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities" offers the newest developments in this important debate.

 

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Contents

List of Contributors
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
Blameworthiness and Frankfurts Argument Against the Principle
David Widerker
A Reply
Not Dead
The Metaphysics of Frankfurtstyle Cases
Freedom Foreknowledge and Frankfurt
Robustness Control and the Demand for Morally Significant
Alternate Possibilities and Reids Theory of Agentcausation
Responsibility and Agentcausation
Soft Libertarianism and Flickers of Freedom
Ought Implies Can Blameworthiness and the Principle
The Moral Significance of Alternate Possibilities
The Selling of Joseph A Frankfurtian Interpretation
Bibliography

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David Widerker is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Michael McKenna is Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Ithaca College, USA.

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