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  1. Free agency.Gary Watson - 1975 - Journal of Philosophy 72 (April):205-20.
    In the subsequent pages, I want to develop a distinction between wanting and valuing which will enable the familiar view of freedom to make sense of the notion of an unfree action. The contention will be that, in the case of actions that are unfree, the agent is unable to get what he most wants, or values, and this inability is due to his own "motivational system." In this case the obstruction to the action that he most wants to do (...)
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  2. Two Faces of Responsibility.Gary Watson - 1996 - Philosophical Topics 24 (2):227-248.
  3. Agency and answerability: selected essays.Gary Watson - 2004 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Since the 1970s Gary Watson has published a series of brilliant and highly influential essays on human action, examining such questions as: in what ways are we free and not free, rational and irrational, responsible or not for what we do? Moral philosophers and philosophers of action will welcome this collection, representing one of the most important bodies of work in the field.
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  4. Free Agency.Gary Watson - 1975 - In Free Will. Oxford University Press.
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  5. 4. Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian Theme.Gary Watson - 1993 - In John Martin Fischer & Mark Ravizza (eds.), Perspectives on moral responsibility. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. pp. 119-148.
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  6. Free action and free will.Gary Watson - 1987 - Mind 96 (April):154-72.
  7. Free will.Gary Watson (ed.) - 1982 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    The new edition of this highly successful text will once again provide the ideal introduction to free will. This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic of free will during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work.
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  8. Skepticism about weakness of will.Gary Watson - 1977 - Philosophical Review 86 (3):316-339.
    My concern in this paper will be to explore and develop a version of nonsocratic skepticism about weakness of will. In my view, socratism is incorrect, but like Socrates, I think that the common understanding of weakness of will raises serious problems. Contrary to socratism, it is possible for a person knowingly to act contrary to his or her better judgment. But this description does not exhaust the common view of weakness. Also implicit in this view is the belief that (...)
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    Freedom within Reason.Gary Watson - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (4):890.
  10. Asserting and promising.Gary Watson - 2004 - Philosophical Studies 117 (1-2):57-77.
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  11. A Moral Predicament in the Criminal Law.Gary Watson - 2015 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 58 (2):168-188.
    This essay is about the difficulties of doing criminal justice in the context of severe social injustice. Having been marginalized as citizens of the larger community, those who are victims of severe social injustice are understandably alienated from the dominant political institutions, and, not unreasonably, disrespect their authority, including that of the criminal law. The failure of equal treatment and protection and the absence of anything like fair and decent life prospects for the members of the marginalized populations erode the (...)
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  12. Promises, reasons, and normative powers.Gary Watson - 2009 - In David Sobel & Steven Wall (eds.), Reasons for Action. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  13. 3. On the Primacy of Character.Gary Watson - 1997 - In Daniel Statman (ed.), Virtue Ethics: A Critical Reader. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 56-81.
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  14. Disordered Appetites: Addiction, Compulsion and Dependence.Gary Watson - 1999 - In Jon Elster (ed.), Addiction: Entries and Exits. Russell Sage Publications.
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  15. Soft libertarianism and hard compatibilism.Gary Watson - 1999 - The Journal of Ethics 3 (4):351-365.
    In this paper I discuss two kinds of attempts to qualify incompatibilist and compatibilist conceptions of freedom to avoid what have been thought to be incredible commitments of these rival accounts. One attempt -- which I call soft libertarianism -- is represented by Robert Kane''s work. It hopes to defend an incompatibilist conception of freedom without the apparently difficult metaphysical costs traditionally incurred by these views. On the other hand, in response to what I call the robot objection (that if (...)
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  16. The Work of the Will.Gary Watson - 2003 - In Sarah Stroud & Christine Tappolet (eds.), Weakness of will and practical irrationality. New York: Oxford University Press.
    The first part of the essay explores the relations between the will and practical reason or judgement. The second part takes up decision in the realm of belief, i.e. deciding that such and such is so. This phenomenon raises two questions. Since we decide that as well as to, should we speak of a doxastic will? Secondly, should we regard ourselves as active in the formation of our judgements as in the formation of our intentions? The author's answer to these (...)
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  17. Virtues in excess.Gary Watson - 1984 - Philosophical Studies 46 (1):57 - 74.
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    An Essay on Free Will.Gary Watson - 1986 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 46 (3):507-522.
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    Soft Libertarianism and Hard Compatibilism.Gary Watson - 1999 - The Journal of Ethics 3 (4):353-368.
    In this paper I discuss two kinds of attempts to qualify incompatibilist and compatibilist conceptions of freedom to avoid what have been thought to be incredible commitments of these rival accounts. One attempt -- which I call soft libertarianism -- is represented by Robert Kane's work. It hopes to defend an incompatibilist conception of freedom without the apparently difficult metaphysical costs traditionally incurred by these views. On the other hand, in response to what I call the robot objection (that if (...)
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  20. XIV—Psychopathic Agency and Prudential Deficits.Gary Watson - 2013 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 113 (3pt3):269-292.
    Philosophical discussions of psychopathy have been framed primarily in terms of psychopaths' conspicuous moral shortcomings. But despite their vaunted ‘egocentricity’, another prominent trait in the standard psychopathic profile is a characteristic failure to look after themselves; in an important way, psychopaths appear to be as careless of themselves as they are of others. Assuming that the standard profile is largely correct, the question is how these moral and prudential deficits are related. Are they linked in some non‐accidental way? This paper (...)
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  21. Reasons and responsibility.Gary Watson - 2001 - Ethics 111 (2):374-394.
  22. Agency and Responsibility: A Common Sense Moral Psychology.Gary Watson - 2002 - Mind 111 (444):876-882.
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    Excusing addiction.Gary Watson - 1999 - Law and Philosophy 18 (6):589-619.
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    Excusing Addiction.Gary Watson - 1999 - Law and Philosophy 18 (6):589-619.
  25. Raz on Responsibility.Gary Watson - 2016 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (3):395-409.
    Standard treatments of responsibility have been preoccupied with issues of blame and punishment, and concerns about free will. In contrast, Raz is concerned with problems about responsibility that arise from the “puzzle of moral luck,” puzzles that lead to misguided skepticism about negligence. We are responsible not only for conduct that is successfully guided by what we take to be our reasons for action, but also for misexercises of our rational capacities that escape our rational control. To deny this is (...)
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  26. Morality as Equal Accountability: Comments on Stephen Darwall’s The Second‐Person Standpoint.Gary Watson - 2007 - Ethics 118 (1):37-51.
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    Elbow Room by Daniel C. Dennett. [REVIEW]Gary Watson - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (9):517-522.
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  28. Free Will, 2nd Ed.Gary Watson - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
     
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    Introduction.Gerasimos Santas & Gary Watson - 1985 - Topoi 4 (1):1-2.
  30. Contractualism and the Boundaries of Morality.Gary Watson - 2002 - Social Theory and Practice 28 (2):221-241.
  31. Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life.Gary Watson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:79-108.
    This paper is a study of the role of happiness in Kant’s theory. I begin by noting two recurrent characterizations of happiness by Kant, and discuss their relationship. Then I take up the general issue of the relation of happiness to moral virtue. I show that, for Kant, the antagonists are not morality and happiness, but the moral point of view and “self-conceit”, the inveterate tendency to elevate the concern for contentment or satisfaction of inclination to the status of a (...)
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  32. Asymmetry and Rational Ability.Gary Watson - 2013 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 86 (2):467-475.
    For a symposium on Dana Nelkin's Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility.
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    Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life.Gary Watson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:79-108.
    This paper is a study of the role of happiness in Kant’s theory. I begin by noting two recurrent characterizations of happiness by Kant, and discuss their relationship. Then I take up the general issue of the relation of happiness to moral virtue. I show that, for Kant, the antagonists are not morality and happiness, but the moral point of view and “self-conceit”, the inveterate tendency to elevate the concern for contentment or satisfaction of inclination to the status of a (...)
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    Actions by Jennifer Hornsby. [REVIEW]Gary Watson - 1982 - Journal of Philosophy 79 (8):464-469.
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    Three faces of responsibility? Comments on responsibility from the margins.Gary Watson - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (4):989-998.
    This rich and wide-ranging book defends a “tripartite theory” of responsibility. The general thesis is that responsibility-responses fall into three overlapping categories, each of which presumes distinct agential capacities. On the basis of a close examination of various sorts of marginal agency, these capacities are said to be independent and ground what deserves to be called distinct types or “faces” of responsibility. The first face, attributability, depends on a capacity for character, answerability on a capacity for judgment, and accountability on (...)
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  36. 10. Thomas C. Schelling, Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays Thomas C. Schelling, Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays (pp. 176-181).Christine M. Korsgaard, R. Jay Wallace, Gary Watson, Stephen Darwall & David Shoemaker - 2007 - In Laurie DiMauro (ed.), Ethics. Greenhaven Press.
     
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  37. La responsabilité et les limites du mal. Variations sur un thème de Strawson.Gary Watson - 2012 - Les ateliers de l'éthique/The Ethics Forum 7 (1):146-178.
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    Some Worries About Semi-Compatibilism Remarks on John Fischer's The Metaphysics of Free Will.Gary Watson - 1998 - Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (2):135-143.
  39. Appropriate emotions.Gary Watson - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (11):699.
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    Chloe and Fern, Cam and Donna: The denial of moral demand‐rights. Comments on Margaret Gilbert's Rights and Demands: a Foundational Inquiry.Gary Watson - 2023 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 106 (2):505-511.
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    Freedom and strength of will in Hoffman and Albritton.Gary Watson - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 77 (2-3):261 - 271.
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    Free Will, 1st ed.Gary Watson (ed.) - 1982 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    The Aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university students or the general reader.
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    Gregory S. Kavka 1947-1994.Gary Watson - 1995 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 68 (5):99 - 100.
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  44. Robert J. Richman, God, Free Will, and Morality Reviewed by.Gary Watson - 1985 - Philosophy in Review 5 (5):213-218.
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    Some Worries About Semi-Compatibilism.Gary Watson - 1998 - Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (2):135-143.
  46. The Nature of Responsibility.Gary L. Watson - 1972 - Dissertation, Princeton University
  47. The peculiar moral position of psychopaths.Gary Watson - 2023 - In Taylor W. Cyr, Andrew Law & Neal A. Tognazzini (eds.), Freedom, Responsibility, and Value: Essays in Honor of John Martin Fischer. New York: Routledge.
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    Elbow Room by Daniel C. Dennett. [REVIEW]Gary Watson - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (9):517-522.
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    Will, Freedom and Power. [REVIEW]Gary Watson - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (4):209-217.
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  50. The Problematic Role of Responsibility in Contexts of Distributive Justice. [REVIEW]Gary Watson - 2006 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (2):425 - 432.
    It would be surprising if our idea of ourselves as responsible agents did not have a significant place in our understanding of one another as members of a political community with common claims and obligations. We see this idea at work, for example, in disputes about the extent to which the poor are or are not responsible for their lot or smokers for their ill‐health. Its most common use, it seems, is to explain and justify differences in shares of economic (...)
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