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Real Materialismand Other Essays$
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Galen Strawson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.001.0001

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Free Agents

Free Agents

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(p.359) 15 Free Agents
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Real Materialism
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Galen Strawson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.003.0016

This chapter tries to give an account of necessary and sufficient conditions of true freedom of action, of true or ultimate responsibility, even while acknowledging that such ultimate responsibility is impossible, because one of the conditions — being causa sui, or absolutely self-originating — is unfulfillable. The chapter considers various forms of the ‘able-to-choose’ condition on freedom, and summarizes the seemingly paradoxical claim that one of the conditions of truly free action is believing that you are free.

Keywords:   free will, moral responsibility, ultimate responsibility, Basic Argument, determinism, indeterminism, randomness, choice, action, agency

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