The Direct Argument and the burden of proof

Analysis 72 (1):25-36 (2012)
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Peter van Inwagen's Direct Argument (DA) for incompatibilism purports to establish incompatibilism with respect to moral responsibility and determinism without appealing to assumptions that compatibilists usually consider controversial. Recently, Michael McKenna has presented a novel critique of DA. McKenna's critique raises important issues about philosophical dialectics. In this article, we address those issues and contend that his argument does not succeed

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David Widerker
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan


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