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Nothing personal: A defense of non -libertarian incompatibilism


1999 1999

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Using a belief-desire causal account of doing, I develop the idea that we are not agents, not unmoved movers, but rather doers, passively moved movers. I criticize certain compatibilist accounts of self-control (primarily that of Alfred Mele), and then go on to explore the (lack of) moral status of certain sorts of robots that Daniel Dennett has described. Then I argue that we are not different in kind from such robots and share with them in an immunity from literal moral accountability due to a lack of the sort of ultimate control that I argue such accountability requires.

Next I examine, and criticize, Harry Frankfurt's influential example of the counterfactual intervener. I argue that, while it does succeed in overthrowing the principle that our being morally responsible requires that we face alternative possibilities, that it does not provide as much support for the compatibilist view as many have supposed. I then go on to criticize certain claims due to P. F. Strawson and Susan Wolf that conceiving of ourselves as morally responsible agents is either psychologically inescapable or a necessary part of having a life worth living.

Finally, I turn to a brief exposition of what I conceive of as a substitute for moral evaluation: the assessment of role responsibility.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Philosophy
Classification
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Determinism, Free will, Incompatibilism, Moral responsibility, Non-libertarian
Title
Nothing personal: A defense of non -libertarian incompatibilism
Author
Galbreath, Bruce Charles
Number of pages
135
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599530089, 0599530081
Advisor
Chappell, Vere C.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9950153
ProQuest document ID
304535348
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304535348
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