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Keywords:

  • agents' histories;
  • autonomy;
  • avoidability;
  • avoidance;
  • compatibilism;
  • Dennett;
  • free will;
  • manipulation;
  • moral responsibility.

Abstract: In his Freedom Evolves (2003) Daniel Dennett criticizes a view I defend in Autonomous Agents (1995) about the importance of agents' histories for autonomy, freedom, and moral responsibility and defends a competing view. Our disagreement on this issue is the major focus of this article. Additional topics are manipulation, avoidance, and avoidability.