Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 46, number 136, abril 2014
Doing One’s Best, Alternative Possibilities, and Blameworthiness
[Hacerlo lo mejor que uno puede, posibilidades alternativas, y culpabilidad]
Carlos J. Moya
Department of Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge
University of Valencia

carlos.moya@uv.es

Abstract: My main aim in this paper is to improve and give further support to a defense of the Principle of Alternative Possibilities (PAP) against Frankfurt cases which I put forward in some previous work. In the present paper I concentrate on a recent and famous Frankfurt case, Derk Pereboom’s “Tax Evasion”. After presenting the essentials of my defense of PAP and applying it to this case, I go on to consider several objections that have been (or might be) raised against it and argue that they don’t succeed. I conclude by pointing out that my criticism of Pereboom’s example suggests a general strategy against other actual or possible Frankfurt cases.
Keywords: Frankfurt cases, moral blame, Pereboom, Principle of Alternative Possibilities, robust alternatives

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