publication . Article . 2009

Libertarianism & Category-Mistake

Carlos G. Patarroyo G.;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2009 Journal: Ideas y Valores, volume 58, issue 141, pages 141-168 (issn: 0120-0062, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
This paper offers a defense against two accusations according to which libertarianism incurs in a category-mistake. The philosophy of Gilbert Ryle will be used to explain the reasons which ground these accusations. Further, it will be shown why, although certain sorts of libertarianism based on agent-causation or Cartesian dualism incur in these mistakes, there is at least one version of libertarianism to which this criticism does not necessarily apply: the version that seeks to find in physical indeterminism the grounding of human free will.
free text keywords: Gilbert Ryle, libertarianism, category-mistake, normativity, indeterminism., lcsh:Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, lcsh:B, lcsh:Philosophy (General), lcsh:B1-5802
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