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    Fischer-style compatibilism

    Garnett, Michael (2013) Fischer-style compatibilism. Analysis 73 (2), pp. 387-397. ISSN 0003-2638.

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    John Martin Fischer’s new collection of essays, Deep Control: Essays on Free Will and Value, constitutes a trenchant defence of his well-known compatibilist approach to moral responsibility (Fischer 1994, 2006; Fischer and Ravizza 1998).1 Predominantly a collection of detailed responses to recent critics, this is not a book for beginners. It is, however, essential reading for specialists, as well as useful reading for non-specialists seeking a snapshot of the current state of the debate. Fischer’s papers are dense with argument and alive with original and productive ideas. As is customary, however, I here focus only on lines of thought that failed to convince. In particular, I discuss two arguments: one aimed at vindicating Frankfurt-style counterexamples in deterministic contexts and one aimed at undermining the ‘source’ incompatibilist’s conception of moral responsibility.


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    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Analysis following peer review. The version of record is available online at
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Michael Garnett
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 14:55
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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