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Deep Control: Essays on Free Will and Value

John Martin Fischer


In this book—a follow up to My Way and Our Stories—the author defends the contention that moral responsibility is associated with “deep control”. Deep control is defined as the middle ground between two untenable extreme positions: “superficial control” and “total control”. Our freedom consists of the power to add to the given past, holding fixed the laws of nature, and therefore, the author contends, we must be able to interpret our actions as extensions of a line that represents the actual past. In “connecting the dots”, we engage in a distinctive sort of self-expression. The author begins b ... More

Keywords: moral responsibility, deep control, superficial control, total control, causal determinism, causal indeterminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199742981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199742981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Martin Fischer, author
Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosphy, University of California Riverside

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