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Anselm on Freedom$
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Katherin Rogers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231676.001.0001

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Alternative Possibilities and Primary Agency

Alternative Possibilities and Primary Agency

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(p.73) 4 Alternative Possibilities and Primary Agency
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Anselm on Freedom
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Katherin A. Rogers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231676.003.0005

Anselm defends the ‘Principle of Alternative Possibilities’ with regard to created agency, although in his system it is aseity, self-causation, that is most important. His theory presents a response to Frankfurt-style counterexamples and offers a robust free will defence. Anselm holds that ‘character determinism’, the necessitation of a choice by the agent's character, does not undermine free will as long as the agent can be held responsible for his character.

Keywords:   Principle of Alternative Possibilities, aseity, self-causation, Frankfurt-style counterexamples, free will defense, character determinism

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