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Deep Control Essays on Free Will and Value,9780199354139

Deep Control Essays on Free Will and Value

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12/1/2013
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Summary

In this collection of essays -- a follow up to My Way and Our Stories -- John Martin Fischer defends the contention that moral responsibility is associated with "deep control." Fischer defines deep control as the middle ground between two untenable extreme positions: "superficial control" and "total control."

Our freedom consists of the power to add to the given past, holding fixed the laws of nature, and therefore, Fischer contends, we must be able to interpret our actions as extensions of a line that represents the actual past. In "connecting the dots," we engage in a distinctive sort of self-expression. In the first group of essays in this volume, Fischer argues that we do not need genuine access to alterative possibilities in order to be morally responsible. Thus, the line need not branch off at crucial points (where the branches represent genuine metaphysical possibilities). In the remaining essays in the collection he demonstrates that deep control is the freedom condition on moral responsibility. In so arguing, Fischer contends that total control is too much to ask--it is a form of "metaphysical megalomania." So we do not need to "trace back" all the way to the beginning of the line (or even farther) in seeking the relevant kind of freedom or control. Additionally, he contends that various kinds of "superficial control"--such as versions of "conditional freedom" and "judgment-sensitivity" are too shallow; they don't trace back far enough along the line. In short, Fischer argues that, in seeking the freedom that grounds moral responsibility, we need to carve out a middle ground between superficiality and excessive penetration. Deep Control is the "middle way."

Fischer presents a new argument that deep control is compatible not just with causal determinism, but also causal indeterminism. He thus tackles the luck problem and shows that the solution to this problem is parallel in important ways to the considerations in favor of the compatibility of causal determinism and moral responsibility.

Author Biography


John Martin Fischer received his BA and MA in philosophy from Stanford University, and his PhD in philosophy from Cornell. He has taught at Yale, UCLA, and Santa Clara University. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside, where he holds a UC President's Chair.

Table of Contents


1. Deep Control: The Middle Way

Part One: An Actual-Sequence Approach to Moral Responsibility

2. The Frankfurt Cases: The Moral of the Stories
3. Freedom, Foreknowledge, and Frankfurt: A Reply to Vihvelin
4. The Importance of Frankfurt-Style Argument
5. Blame and Avoidability: a Reply to Otsuka
6. Indeterminism and Control: An Approach to the Problem of Luck

Part Two: The Middle Path: Guidance Control

7. The Direct Argument: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
8. Conditional Freedom and the Normative Approach to Moral Responsibility
9. Judgment-Sensitivity and the Value of Freedom
10. Sourcehood: Playing the Cards that Are Dealt You
11. Guidance Control
12. The Triumph of Tracing


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