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What do the manipulations with the Manipulation Argument show?

19 January, 2021

Volkov D.
Pub. in: Философия и культура. 2015. № 6(90).

In this paper the author criticizes one of the most influential argument against compatibilism in free will debates – The Manipulation Argument by D. Pereboom. In this argument D. Pereboom suggests analogy between the cases where the agent is manipulated and causally determined agents. Based on the analogy Pereboom concludes that there is no room for moral responsibility in the deterministic world. The author of this paper expands the thought experiment and comes to the conclusion that The Manipulation Argument is not demonstrating the incompatibilism between determinism and moral responsibility. It only demonstrates the necessity of existence of personhood with consistent autobiographical narrative for moral responsibility.

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