The Main Problem with USC Libertarianism

Philosophical Studies 105: 107-127, 2001

11 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2014 Last revised: 9 Jan 2015

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Ken Levy

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: January 19, 2014

Abstract

There are two reasons to think that determinism is incompatible with responsibility. The first is that determinism negates the ability to do otherwise. The second is that determinism negates "ultimate self-causation" – that is, an agent’s being the ultimately self-caused originator of her action. My article responds to the second reason. I argue that ultimate self-causation is metaphysically impossible. Therefore if "source incompatibilists" like Robert Kane are right that responsibility requires ultimate self-causation, then responsibility is metaphysically impossible.

Keywords: determinism, indeterminism, source incompatibilism, ultimate self-causation, USC libertarianism, responsibility, Robert Kane

Suggested Citation

Levy, Ken, The Main Problem with USC Libertarianism (January 19, 2014). Philosophical Studies 105: 107-127, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381626

Ken Levy (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center ( email )

420 Law Center Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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