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Agency and Answerability: Selected Essays

Gary Watson


This volume collects most of the author's publications on human action since the 1970s. The essays collected here are concerned to answer the questions ‘What makes us agents?’ and ‘What makes us responsible to one another for how we live our lives?’ The author develops a unified account of human agency and responsibility in terms of our capacity for critical evaluation, or normative competence. We are agents because we have (and to the extent that we exercise) this capacity, and we are responsible to each other for our lives as reflections of our exercise of this capacity. The account is devel ... More

Keywords: agency, responsibility, free will, action, normative competence, evaluation, determinism, addiction, manipulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Watson, author
Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside
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