Have compatibilists solved the luck problem for libertarians?

Alfred Mele, Stephen Kearns


A pair of compatibilists, John Fischer (2012: ch. 6; n.d.) and Manuel Vargas (2012) have responded to a problem about luck that Alfred Mele (2005, 2006) posed for incompatibilist believers in free will and moral responsibility. They offer assistance to libertarians – at least on this front. In this paper, we assess their responses and explain why what they offer is inadequate for libertarian purposes.


ethics; moral responsibility; luck problem; compatibilism;

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4454/philinq.v2i2.97


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