Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-4420-8941

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Eddy Nahmias

Second Advisor

Andrea Scarantino

Third Advisor

Neil Van Leeuwen

Fourth Advisor

Edward Cox

Abstract

Dispositional accounts of free will provide a promising avenue for compatibilists about free will and determinism to respond to manipulation arguments, but requires an adequate account of masked and finkish abilities. In this thesis, I argue that an account of masked dispositions that addresses the context sensitivity, gradability, and dispositional quality of masks can allow dispositional compatibilists to level viable responses to various manipulation arguments. I address my response towards both Pereboom’s and Mele’s manipulation arguments.

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