, Volume 158, Issue 1, pp 1-15
Date: 03 Nov 2010

Action, responsibility and the ability to do otherwise

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Abstract

Here it is argued that in order for something someone “does” to count as a genuine action, the person needn’t have been able to refrain from doing it. If this is right, then two recent defenses of the principle of alternative possibilities, a version of which says that a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have refrained from doing it, are unsuccessful.