Death of a compatibilistic institution

Boysen, T. (2004) Death of a compatibilistic institution. Sats: Northern European Journal of Philosophy, 5(2), pp. 92-104. (doi: 10.1515/SATS.2004.92)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


The common key intuition that freedom is to do what you want to do is very attractive to compatibilistic accounts of freedom. And as a matter of fact this key intuition has been adopted by most compatibilists from Hobbes till now. Unfortunately, it suffers from serious problems. However, thanks to the real self account of freedom – which is a recent compatibilistic theory developed by Harry G. Frankfurt and refined and extended by various philosophers, most notably (perhaps) by Gary Watson – the key intuition is revived. Or what? In this paper I argue (A) that the real self account's rescue of the key intuition does not succeed because (i) Frankfurt's and Watson's versions of the real self account of freedom are flawed and because (ii) the real self account as such is flawed as well. Furthermore I will argue (B) that the key intuition is not to be rescued by any means whatsoever.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anker, Dr Thomas
Authors: Boysen, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Sats: Northern European Journal of Philosophy
ISSN (Online):1869-7577
Published Online:16 March 2010

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record