STANDARD COMPATIBILIST ACCOUNTS

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STANDARD COMPATIBILIST ACCOUNTS Standard compatibilist accounts typically don’t make space for an act of choice; and it is hard to see how they could. Desire based accounts The objects, means, &c are the weights, the man is the scale, the understanding of a convenience or inconvenience is the pressure ofthose weights, which incline himnow one way, now another; and that inclination is the will. (Hobbes, Collected English Works Vol. V p. 326.) Belief (or reason) based accounts (i) deliberation: considering the options that are available, and their likely consequences; getting clear on one’s own desires, and one’s own prior plans and intentions; seeing how the options fit in with these desires and plans; establishing pros and cons. (ii) deciding that: making a judgment that a certain action is best, given the considerations raised in
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Unformatted text preview: the process of deliberation. The upshot of the judgment is a belief. (iii) deciding to: deciding to do the action that one judged was best. The upshot of this decision is an intention. (iv) acting: acting on the intention that has been made, which involves both doing that thing, and coordinating other actions and intentions around it. On internalist accounts, (iii) collapses into (ii); but then there no real place for choice. On externalist accounts the two remain distinct, but then choice becomes a liability. Indeed, this isn’t just a problem for standard belief based compatibilist accounts; it is a problem for anyone who advocates a substantial role for choice to explain why we might need and value it....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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