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The contours of the story told in Part III represent a quite tentative historicization of the free will problem as that problem manifested itself in the world of modern American criminal jurisprudence. Turn the kaleidoscope a few degrees and a different pattern appears, but one has to start somewhere, and if the point is to provoke others to join in, better if the first player has stopped at a point where the image can yield interesting and satisfying results by nearly any alternative adjustment. I would venture to say, however, that my pattern shares certain important characteristics with nearly any other likely to be produced.


Copyright © 2014 Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved; reprinted with permission. Published as: Green, Thomas Andrew. “Conclusion.” In Freedom and Criminal Responsibility in American Legal Thought, 467-483. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. DOI: