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Moral Responsibility and the Principle of Alternative Possibilities

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[New Entry by David Robb on July 9, 2020.] Suppose you harm, offend, or otherwise wrong another person. Confronted with the possibility of sanction, you might say any of the following in an attempt avoid blame: "I couldn't help it." "Someone made me do it." "I had no choice." "It was unavoidable." "There was no other option." There's a natural reading of such defenses on which they appeal to the principle at the center of this entry, the "Principle of Alternative Possibilities" (cp. Frankfurt...

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