Carolina Sartorio argues that only the actual causes of our behaviour matter to our freedom. Causation has some important features that make it a responsibility-grounding relation, and actual causes reflect the agents' sensitivity to reasons. Sartorio connects debates on causation and the problem of free will in new and illuminating ways.
Cover; Causation and Free Will; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1: The Grounds of Freedom; 1. The Question about Grounding; 2. The Alternative-possibilities Answer; 3. The Actual-sequences Answer; 3.1 The positive grounding claim; 3.1.1 The role of causal facts; 3.1.2 The claim that responsibility is grounded in causation; 3.2 The negative grounding claim; 3.2.1 The supervenience claim; 3.2.2 The scope of the supervenience claim; 4. Conclusions; 2: The Underlying Metaphysics: The Fundamentals; PART I: The Metaphysics behind the Positive Grounding Claim; 1. Omissions 2. Overdetermination3. Conclusions; PART II: The Metaphysics behind the Negative Grounding Claim; 1. The Threat to the Negative Grounding Claim; 1.1 Apparent counterexamples to supervenience; 1.2 Fischer and Ravizzaś view; 2. In Defense of Supervenience; 2.1 The extrinsicness of causation; 2.2 The argument from derivative responsibility; 2.3 Responsibility for outcomes; 3. Conclusions; 3: The Underlying Metaphysics: Completing the Picture; 1. Luck; 2. Difference-making; 3. Intransitivity; 4. Conclusions; 4: The Right Kind of Cause PART I: The Appeal to Reasons-Sensitivity: A Puzzle and Some Failed Solutions1. Reasons-sensitivity; 2. Another Puzzle about Frankfurt Cases; 3. Existing Solutions to the Puzzle: The Main Proposals; 4. Existing Solutions to the Puzzle: The Main Problems; PART II: Causal Reasons-Sensitivity; 1. Toward a New Solution to the Puzzle; 1.1First Stage: Neuroscientist-free Scenarios; 1.2 Second Stage: Frankfurt Scenarios; 2. Causal Reasons-sensitivity; 3. Filling in the Details; 4. Conclusions; 5: Causal Sources; 1. Ultimacy Arguments; 2. Direct Arguments; 3. Manipulation Arguments; 4. Conclusions ConclusionReferences; Index
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