1. Possibilists claim that what Smith ought to do now depends on two kinds of fact about relevant agents’ responses to his action. If the relevant agent is a different individual, what Smith ought to do now depends on how that agent would respond. If the relevant agent is Smith himself, it depends instead on how he could best respond. Actualists deny this. They claim that, whether or not the relevant agent is Smith himself, what matters is how that agent would respond to the various things Smith could do now (Zimmerman 1996: ch. 6). Unlike possibilists, actualists treat Smith and other agents symmetrically in this respect.

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For example, suppose Smith has been asked to help at some important charity event next weekend. He must...

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