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David Copp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195147790.001.0001

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Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Free Will and Moral Responsibility

The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

John Martin Fischer (Contributor Webpage)

, David Copp
Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out some of the main views about issues that lie at the intersection of questions about “agency” and ethics: free will, moral responsibility, deliberation, practical reasoning, and the presuppositions of moral judgments. It contends that the doctrine of causal determinism is compatible with a kind of free will that is sufficiently robust to ground moral responsibility. Further, it suggests that there would still be a point to deliberation and practical reasoning in a causally deterministic world, and that a full range of moral judgments could be true in such a world.

Keywords:   free will, moral responsibility, causal determinism, alternative possibilities, deliberation, practical reasoning, compatibilism

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