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Hard Luck: How Luck Undermines Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Neil Levy


The concept of luck has played an important role in debates concerning free will and moral responsibility, yet participants in these debates have relied upon an intuitive notion of what luck is. This book develops an account of luck, which is then applied to the free will debate. It argues that the standard luck objection succeeds against common accounts of libertarian free will, event-causal and agent-causal, but that it is possible to amend libertarian accounts so that they are no more vulnerable to luck than is compatibilism. But the book also argues that compatibilist accounts of luck are ... More

Keywords: free will, moral responsibility, luck, akrasia, control, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Levy, author
Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Australia, and Oxford Centre for Neuroethics
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