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“Causation and Free Will”

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  • Fecha: 26 de julio de 2016
  • Hora: 14 hs.
  • Arancel Socios: sin cargo
  • Arancel No Socios: $ 80

Carolina Sartorio (University of Arizona) 

Martes 26 de julio de 2016, 14 hs.

En el marco del seminario IIF-SADAF

Abstract: I argue for the view that all that matters to our freedom is the actual causes of our behavior. We act freely to the extent that our acts have the right kinds of causes. Although this simple view of freedom clashes with most theories currently on offer, I argue for its truth. The key lies in a correct understanding of the role played by causation in a view of that kind. Causation has some important features that make it a responsibility-grounding relation, and this contributes to the success of the view. Also, when agents act freely, the actual causes are richer than they appear to be at first sight; in particular, they reflect the agents' sensitivity to reasons, where this includes both the existence of actual reasons and the absence of other (counterfactual) reasons. So acting freely requires more causes and quite complex causes, as opposed to fewer causes and simpler causes, and is compatible with those causes being deterministic.


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