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Free Will and Luck$
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Alfred R. Mele

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305043.001.0001

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 My Compatibilist Proposal

 My Compatibilist Proposal

Objections and Replies

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(p.163) Seven My Compatibilist Proposal
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Free Will and Luck
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Alfred R. Mele (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195305043.003.0007

This chapter defends a history-sensitive compatibilist view of free action and moral responsibility against various criticisms by compatibilists (including Daniel Dennett). It constructs a new argument for incompatibilism that makes vivid a problem that luck poses for compatibilism: the zygote argument. It is argued that the zygote argument is much more powerful than more familiar arguments for incompatibilism, and that, even so, compatibilism may survive the attack.

Keywords:   compatibilism, Daniel, Dennett, free action, history, incompatibilism, moral responsibility, zygote argument

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