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Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility

Dana Kay Nelkin


This book presents a simple and natural account of freedom and moral responsibility which responds to the great variety of challenges to the idea that we are free and responsible, before ultimately reaffirming our conception of ourselves as agents. The book begins with a defense of the rational abilities view, according to which one is responsible for an action if and only if one acts with the ability to recognize and act for good reasons. The view is compatibilist — that is, on the view defended, responsibility is compatible with determinism — and one of its striking features is a certain asy ... More

Keywords: responsibility, freedom, rational abilities, compatibilism, agent causation, Ought-Implies-Can Principle, asymmetry, rational deliberation, reactive attitudes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana Kay Nelkin, author
University of California, San Diego
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