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Reason’s Debt to Freedom: Normative Appraisals, Reasons, and Free Will

Ishtiyaque Haji


To have free will with respect to an act is to have the ability both to perform and to refrain from performing it. This book argues that no one can have practical reasons of a certain sort—“objective reasons”—to perform some act unless one has free will regarding that act. So we cannot have objective reasons to perform an act unless we could have done otherwise. This is reason’s debt to freedom. the book argues, further, for the thesis that various things we value, such as moral and prudential obligation, intrinsic value, and a range of moral sentiments that figure centrally in interpersonal r ... More

Keywords: alternative possibilities, determinism, free will, intrinsic value, moral obligation, moral responsibility, moral sentiments, objective reasons, semi-compatibilism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199899203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ishtiyaque Haji, author
University of Calgary