chapter  2
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Theories of freedom and responsibility

Strawson’s target in Freedom and Resentment is the standard challenge to free will and the legitimacy of moral responsibility: the challenge from determinism. Determinism rules out Libertarian freedom and also plausibly undermines certain notions of control that some may think essential for moral responsibility. For example, some incompatibilists argue that if determinism is true, then no one has control over anything, so nothing one does or is can constitute a desert base (van Inwagen 1986).