Moral Responsibility : Richard Taylor 's Freedom And Determinism

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After centuries of reflection, it seems impossible to put to rest the matter of free will. This issue of free will remains because of its connection to moral responsibility. What features constitutes moral responsibility? Do we possess these features? These questions about moral responsibility are interconnected to questions about public policy and justice. Hence the issue of moral responsibility has practical as well as theoretical significance. Moreover, recent works on free will like Richard Taylor’s Freedom and Determinism have caused progression on the topic of moral responsibility. Like Richard Taylor I want to consolidate gains and push forward a formulation of adequate features for moral responsibility. I will accomplish this by analyzing Richard Taylor’s assertion that determinism is inconsistent with the possibility of deliberating about one 's own future actions. I shall argue that Richard Taylor’s notion of libertarian freedom of an individual is false. An individual lacks the libertarian freedom to deliberate about one’s own future actions because there are causal factors from the past that sometimes necessitate a particular choice be chosen.. In Freedom and Determinism, Richard Taylor states that free will with respect to an action entails that the individual’s ‘‘own intellect and will are the sole ultimate source or first cause of the act.’’ He even states that free will with respect to an action entails that ‘‘no causal laws and antecedent conditions…

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