Ideas y Valores
Print version ISSN 0120-0062
PATARROYO G, CARLOS G. Libertarianism & Category-Mistake. Ideas y Valores [online]. 2009, vol.58, n.141, pp. 141-168. ISSN 0120-0062.
This paper offers a defense against two accusations according to which libertarianism incurs in a category-mistake. The philosophy of Gilbert Ryle will be used to explain the reasons which ground these accusations. Further, it will be shown why, although certain sorts of libertarianism based on agent-causation or Cartesian dualism incur in these mistakes, there is at least one version of libertarianism to which this criticism does not necessarily apply: the version that seeks to find in physical indeterminism the grounding of human free will.
Keywords : Gilbert Ryle; libertarianism; category-mistake; normativity; indeterminism.