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Thanks Thomas. As a companion piece, check out this NY Times magazine piece which I think might pose a tougher challenge for the skeptic...

And actually, now that I've read the Slate piece more carefully, I'm curious to see how skeptics frame this one as well...

And I, for one, would be happy to hear how compatibilists--with their conditional capacity to do otherwise--would frame these. See my last comment on Eddy's post for some issues I think compatibilists would need to address. For while I see how the libertarian can frame these issues in a way that doesn't involve any fancy metaphysical footwork, it's not clear to me the compatibilist is a whole lot better off than the skeptic (especially if the compatibilist is a revisionist) when it comes to restorative approaches (for the reasons I have already tried to enumerate).

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