Acta Analytica 22 (1):16-28 (2007)

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Meghan Griffith
Davidson College
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In this paper, I argue that trying is the locus of freedom and moral responsibility. Thus, any plausible view of free and responsible action must accommodate and account for free tryings. I then consider a version of agent causation whereby the agent directly causes her tryings. On this view, the agent is afforded direct control over her efforts and there is no need to posit—as other agent-causal theorists do—an uncaused event. I discuss the potential advantages of this sort of view, and its challenges.
Keywords freedom  trying  exertion  action  agent causation
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DOI 10.1007/BF02866208
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