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Tamler Sommers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139937

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139937.001.0001

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A Metaskeptical Analysis of Libertarianism and Compatibilism

A Metaskeptical Analysis of Libertarianism and Compatibilism

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(p.133) Chapter Six A Metaskeptical Analysis of Libertarianism and Compatibilism
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Relative Justice
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Tamler Sommers

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139937.003.0007

This chapter outlines the author's arguments for versions of libertarianism and compatibilism that are consistent with the broader metaskeptical thesis. It considers the “all-things-considered” cases for both compatibilism and libertarianism for members of his “intuition group”—people with starting intuitions and attitudes about responsibility that resemble his own. He argues that libertarianism is an implausible alternative because its epistemic costs outweigh its alleged pragmatic and moral benefits. The more promising case for compatibilism relies on questionable assumptions. He continues to challenge those assumptions in the final chapter as he develops the case for eliminativism about moral responsibility.

Keywords:   libertarianism, compatibilism, metaskepticism, moral responsibility

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