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Frankfurt, Harry (1929–)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


American Descartes scholar, metaphysician, and philosopher of action, born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University and Princeton University. Frankfurt argues that freedom of the will and responsibility do not depend on our being able to do other than what we do, but rather requires that as persons we have a reflective capacity for second-order desires that some of our first-order desires are effective in action. His main works include Demons, Dreamers and Madmen (1970) and The Importance of What We Care About (1988). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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