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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 HT13

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 HT13
Start Date 25th Feb 2013 4:30pm
End Date 25th Feb 2013 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Speaker: John Hyman (Oxford)

Title: Voluntariness and Choice

Venue: Lecture Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG

Abstract: The topic is voluntariness, and how it is related to intention, necessity and choice. It is natural to think that (a) a person does something voluntarily if he could choose not to do it; but most judges and jurists believe that (b) the voluntariness of an act is negatived by duress, and in most cases a person who gives way to duress could choose to face down the threat. One way of reconciling (a) and (b) is to hold that ‘voluntary’ is ambiguous. This solution is rejected. I argue that philosophers have tended to think exclusively about voluntary activity, and that thinking about voluntary passivity provides decisive evidence in favour of (b).

Webpage: Seminars in Moral Philosophy

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