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Causation and free will by Carolina Sartorio

By Carolina Sartorio

Carolina Sartorio argues that simply the particular factors of our behaviour subject to our freedom. Causation has a few very important gains that make it a responsibility-grounding relation, and genuine reasons replicate the brokers' sensitivity to purposes. Sartorio connects debates on causation and the matter of loose will in new and illuminating ways.

summary: Carolina Sartorio argues that simply the particular reasons of our behaviour topic to our freedom. Causation has a few very important beneficial properties that make it a responsibility-grounding relation, and real reasons replicate the brokers' sensitivity to purposes. Sartorio connects debates on causation and the matter of unfastened will in new and illuminating methods

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More on the topic of omissions in chapter 2. 29 A main thesis of this book is the claim that a causal interpretation of actual sequences has some major advantages over other possible interpretations. One of those advantages is that the resulting view is simpler, more elegant, and better motivated than the view that results from alternative interpretations. Another important advantage, as we will see in later chapters, is that it can help us avoid some potentially devastating problems that threaten other interpretations.

Of course, any full-blown actual-sequence view of responsibility would have to specify particular conditions that the actual sequence would have to meet for the agent to be responsible. But those conditions needn’t stem from the requirement made by the positive grounding claim itself, and they needn’t be compatible with (1). It is a good thing that an actual-sequence view needn’t be committed to (1), for it’s not clear that we want to be committed to (1). In fact, there are two reasons why we probably shouldn’t be committed to (1).

In the second variant, the “Unaware” variant, everything is the same except for the fact that I am unaware of the fact that pushing the button will result in the village’s destruction (and, we may even assume, no human being in my position could possibly anticipate such a result). What motivates me to push the button is, again, the desire to hear the squeaky sound. It seems clear that I am responsible for the village’s destruction in the Aware variant but not in the Unaware variant. In the Aware variant I am responsible because I could anticipate the terrible consequences that would follow, but that didn’t stop me from pushing the button.

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