When is an Action Free?

  • Gottfried Seebass
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 266)


It is a commonplace of European philosophy and Western thought that praise and blame, reward and punishment are just and justified only if men are accountable for what they do, and that men are accountable only if what they do is free. Theoretical statements to this effect are present in the Greek as well as in the Jewish-Christian tradition. Furthermore they have remained present in our moral and legal practice up to today.


Alternate Possibility Mental Event External Control Action Free Affirmative Answer 
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  • Gottfried Seebass
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  1. 1.Universität KonstanzGermany

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