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Fischer, "My Compatibilism"
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Guidance Control and Regulative Control
- to be in full stop, we should have both guidance control and regulative control (at least this is how we would typically think of free agents)
- Guidance control: this is more than just causal determination. Toy example: The kind of control you (intuitively) have when you determine which direction a car will drive in by manning the steering wheel
- Regulative control: When you have control "over" your movements, or the power to choose otherwise. This kind of control requires "access to alternative possibilities." The kind of control to make a right turn in your car instead of a U-turn or a left turn.
- The two can come apart. The Frankfurt examples are ones where you exhibit guidance control but not regulative control
To be morally responsible, we only need guidance control
What is guidance control?
Three conditions for taking control of one's mechanisms
1) The individual must see himself as an agent. He must see that his choices and actions are efficacious in the world
2) The individual must accept that he is a fair target of the reactive attitudes as a result of how he exercises this agency. in certain contexts.
3) The individual's view of himself specified in the first two conditions must be based on evidence
- Fischer argues for a view he calls "semi-compatibilism"
- the view is compatibilistic in that it maintains that being morally responsible is compatible with he truth of determinism.
- it is incompatibilistic in that it accepts the validity of the consequence argument, which maintains that free will and determinism are incompatible
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