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Libertarian Accounts of Free Will$
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Randolph Clarke

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019515987X.001.0001

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Active Control and Causation

Active Control and Causation

(p.15) 2 Active Control and Causation
Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Randolph Clarke (Contributor Webpage)

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Noncausal libertarian accounts allow that a basic free action may be uncaused and have no internal causal structure. Views of this type advanced by Carl Ginet and Hugh McCann are evaluated here. These views fail to provide adequate accounts of the active control that is exercised when one acts freely and of the reason-explanation of free actions. Any satisfactory account of these phenomena must invoke causation.

Keywords:   action, causal theory of action, causation, control, free action, Carl Ginet, Hugh McCann, noncausal libertarian accounts, reason-explanation

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