Dartmouth, Philosophy

Responsibility, diachronicity and the structure of the will

Frankfurt's highly influential view of free will proposed a hierarchically structured will and offered a compatibilist theory of freedom that depends on structural features of the will. His picture is intuitively attractive, but the view fails to account for the importance of the dynamics of the will and of the importance of temporality for theories of responsibility. I propose that a dynamical theory of the will can provide insights into elements crucial for responsibility, such as self-control and self-formation.