Ideas y Valores
Print version ISSN 0120-0062
TIMPE, KEVIN. Demotivating Semi-Compatibilism. Ideas y Valores [online]. 2009, vol.58, n.141, pp. 109-124. ISSN 0120-0062.
In this paper, I explore some of the motivations behind John Martin Fischer's semi-compatibilism. Particularly, I look at three reasons Fischer gives for preferring semi-compatibilism to libertarianism. I argue that the first two of these motivations are in tension with each other: the more one is moved by the first motivation, the less one can appeal to the second, and vice versa. I then argue that Fischer's third motivation ought not move anyone to prefer Fischer's semi-compatibilist picture to any of the leading contemporary libertarian theories. Finally, I make some methodological comments about the role intuitions play in Fischer's project.
Keywords : John Martin Fischer; semi-compatibilism; motivation; free will; resilience; luck.