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Manipulated Agents: A Window to Moral Responsibility

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2019.10.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alfred R. Mele, Manipulated Agents: A Window to Moral Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2019, 192pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190927967. Reviewed by Christian Helmut Wenzel, National Taiwan University This is a short book of 174 pages and in large print. Over the years, Alfred Mele has written many books on free will, and this new one draws much on his earlier 1995 Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy and his 2006 Free Will and Luck. The basic aim of the new book is to respond to critics and to test and examine our intuitions about moral responsibility by considering examples. Each example concerns a pair, involving a normal agent and a manipulated agent, who are roughly identical at a certain time of action, say for one day, but have very different histories before that day. Say, one has always been good (Sally) and the other bad (Chuck), but then one of... Read More

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