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Free Will and Modern Science$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264898

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.001.0001

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Moral responsibility and the concept of agency

Moral responsibility and the concept of agency

(p.141) 9 Moral responsibility and the concept of agency
Free Will and Modern Science


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This chapter argues for the incompatibility of moral responsibility and determinism. The real reason why determinism and moral responsibility are inconsistent is not moral, but metaphysical. The real reason is that determinism is inconsistent with agency, which is a necessary (though not, of course, a sufficient) condition of moral responsibility.

Keywords:   determinism, moral responsibility, metaphysics, agency

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