A Dialectical View of "Freedom and Resentment"

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In this paper I wish to look at the structure of Strawson's argument in the classic paper "Freedom and Resentment." My purpose is less to evaluate and criticize Strawson's paper as to give a dialectical perspective on it in which Strawson and those he is arguing against are given specific dialectical roles and the arguments and counter-arguments are designed with specific dialectical aims in mind. Specific parallels will be drawn between some things that Strawson says and certain ideas in dialectical theory. Despite textual evidence that I will appeal to I do not claim to be reconstructing Strawson's argument; the understanding of Strawson's argument that I will be trying to make clear is my own.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-341
Number of pages17
JournalCroatian journal of philosophy
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Compatibilism
  • incompatibilism
  • reactive attitudes
  • dialectics
  • P. F. Strawson


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