What, and where, luck is

A response to Jennifer Lackey

Neil Levy*

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Abstract

In 'What Luck Is Not', Lackey presents counterexamples to the two most prominent accounts of luck: the absence of control account and the modal account. I offer an account of luck that conjoins absence of control to a modal condition. I then show that Lackey's counterexamples mislocate the luck: the agents in her cases are lucky, but the luck precedes the event upon which Lackey focuses, and that event is itself only fortunate, not lucky. Finally I offer an account of fortune. Fortune is luck-involving, and therefore easily confused with luck, but it is not itself lucky.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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