In my recent paper Moral Responsibility and Choice I outlined my position that moral responsibility is a result not of actions but of choices. In that paper I deliberately avoided discussing determinism and compatibilism, however I believe the link is clear. One of the key compatibilist arguments is to reframe the Principle of Alternate Possibilities… Continue reading Choice, Moral Responsibility and (In)Compatibilism
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Moral Responsibility And Choice Discussion of moral responsibility has traditionally centred around actions and the possibility of alternative actions. In this short paper I take a different approach and focus on choices rather than actions. I argue that a person is morally responsible directly for their choices and only indirectly for resulting actions. This subtle… Continue reading Moral Responsibility And Choice
When I first began studying philosophy seriously, one thing that came as a real surprise was the idea of compatibilism. To me, incompatibilism is intuitive – despite the arguments of Nahmias et al(1). I was, and still am, a “natural incompatibilist”. In an a deterministic universe, we are no different to volcanoes. If Vesuvius was… Continue reading Why I Am An Incompatibilist
It might be useful to start this blog by making explicit two propositions I consider axiomatic in the field of consciousness. These are: 1) Intrinsic qualia exist 2) Contra-causal, causally efficacious free will (‘true free will’) exists I do not consider it necessary to prove these, in fact I consider them impossible to prove or… Continue reading Two Axioms