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A Minimal Libertarianism: Free Will and the Promise of Reduction

Christopher Evan Franklin


In this book Franklin develops and defends a version of event-causal libertarianism about free will and moral responsibility. This view is a combination of libertarianism—the view that humans sometimes act freely and that those actions are the upshots of nondeterministic causal processes—and agency reductionism—the view that the causal role of agents in exercises of free will is exhausted by the causal role of mental states and events (e.g., desires and beliefs) involving the agents. Many philosophers contend that event-causal libertarians have no advantage over compatibilists when it comes to ... More

Keywords: free will, moral responsibility, libertarianism, compatibilism, determinism, indeterminism, agency reductionism, luck argument, event-causal theories, agent-causal theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190682781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190682781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Evan Franklin, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Grove City College