Revisionism about free will: a statement & defense Authors
First Online: 21 March 2009 DOI:
10.1007/s11098-009-9366-x Cite this article as: Vargas, M. Philos Stud (2009) 144: 45. doi:10.1007/s11098-009-9366-x
This article summarizes and extends the moderate revisionist position I put forth in
Four Views on Free Will and responds to objections to it from Robert Kane, John Martin Fischer, Derk Pereboom, and Michael McKenna. Among the principle topics of the article are (1) motivations for revisionism, what it is, and how it is different from compatibilism and hard incompatibilism, (2) an objection to libertarianism based on the moral costs of its current epistemic status, (3) an objection to the distinctiveness of semicompatibilism against conventional forms of compatibilism, and (4) whether moderate revisionism is committed to realism about moral responsibility.
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