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Does Free Will Require Alternative Possibilities?

Pablo Rychter
  • Departament de Filosofia Facultat de Filosofia i CC.de l'Educació Universitat de València Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 30 46010 València, Spain
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Published Online: 2018-03-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/disp-2017-0001

Abstract

In this introductory study I discuss the notion of alternative possibilities and its relation to contemporary debates on free will and moral responsibility. I focus on two issues: whether Frankfurt-style cases refute the principle of alternative possibilities, and whether alternative possibilities are relevant to grounding free will and moral responsibility. With respect to the first issue, I consider three objections to Frankfurt-syle cases: the flicker strategy, the dilemma defense, and the objection from new dispositionalism. With respect to the second issue, I consider the debate between Alternative Possibilities views and Actual Sequence views, as framed by Carolina Sartorio in her Causation and Free Will. I then explain how these two issues are relevant to the papers included in this volume.

Keywords: Alternative possibilities; Frankfurt; actual sequence; free will; moral responsibility

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About the article

Received: 2017-05-09

Accepted: 2017-02-11

Published Online: 2018-03-06

Published in Print: 2017-10-26


Citation Information: Disputatio, Volume 9, Issue 45, Pages 131–146, ISSN (Online) 0873-626X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/disp-2017-0001.

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