Bad luck once again

Neil Levy*

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In a recent article in this journal, Storrs McCall and E.J. Lowe sketch an account of indeterminist free will designed to avoid the luck objection that has been wielded to such effect against event-causal libertarianism. They argue that if decision- making is an indeterministic process and not an event or series of events, the luck objection will fail. I argue that they are wrong: the luck objection is equally successful against their account as against existing event-causal libertarianisms. Like the event-causal libertarianism their account is meant to supplant, the process view cannot offer a reasons explanation of the agent's choice itself; that choice is explained by nothing except chance. The agent therefore fails to exercise freedomlevel control over it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-754
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


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