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01/31/2012

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Neil,

Ha! Very cool!

And I have often wondered how it is possible to have (philosophical) fun without Frankfurt Cases--but this is another pathetic omissions joke...

John

The experiment cheats a little. If you claim that the ability to do otherwise is required for moral responsibility and that the person in the Frankfurt-style example (FSE) is morally responsible then they claim that you have endorsed a contradiction. But the FSE they use has been called in question (Kane-Widerker and Mele). So there is a way to endorse both that AP's are required for moral responsibility and that the person in their FSE is morally responsible.

This reminds me, some students and I have been trying to figure out what people mean by "choice", in some cases using Frankfurt cases, and have found a couple interesting trends. Is there anything interesting in the literature about the difference between 'having a choice' and 'making a choice'? Just as a teaser, we consistently find that most people will affirm that agents have a choice even when they also affirm that the agent is not able to do otherwise in his circumstances (either b/c in a Frankfurt scenario or because in deterministic universe).

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