Agent-causation and control

David Widerker

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In this article, I consider a certain libertarian theory of free will which I call "Strong Agent-Causal Libertarianism". Central to it is the thesis that, if there is such a thing as agent-causation, then one can show that, as a matter conceptual necessity, agent-causal acts are within the agent's control. I first examine a recent attempt to establish this thesis by Timothy O'Connor and argue that it does not succeed. I then consider another defense of it which I also find wanting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-98
Number of pages12
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


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