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The Dialectic Role of the Flickers of Freedom

Kevin Timpe
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 131, No. 2 (Nov., 2006), pp. 337-368
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25471811
Page Count: 32
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The Dialectic Role of the Flickers of Freedom
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Abstract

One well-known incompatibilist response to Frankfurt-style counterexamples is the 'flicker-of-freedom strategy'. The flicker strategy claims that even in a Frankfurt-style counterexample, there are still morally relevant alternative possibilities. In the present paper, I differentiate between two distinct understandings of the flicker strategy, as the failure to differentiate these two versions has led some philosophers to argue at cross-purposes. I also explore the respective dialectic roles that the two versions of the flicker strategy play in the debate between compatibilists and incompatibilists. Building on this discussion, I then suggest a reason why the compatibilism/incompatibilism debate has reached a stalemate.

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