A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will / Edition 1

A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will / Edition 1

by Robert Kane
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019514970X

ISBN-13: 9780195149708

Pub. Date: 03/24/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will—and its place in the history of philosophy—the book then turns to

Overview

Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will—and its place in the history of philosophy—the book then turns to contemporary debates and theories about free will, determinism, and related subjects like moral responsibility, coercion, compulsion, autonomy, agency, rationality, freedom, and more. Classical compatibilist and new compatibilist theories of free will are considered along with the latest incompatibilist or libertarian theories and the most recent skeptical challenges to free will. Separate chapters are devoted to the relation of free will to moral responsibility and ethics; to modern science; and to religious questions about predestination, divine foreknowledge, and human freedom. Numerous down-to-earth examples and challenging thought experiments enliven the text. The book is an ideal addition to introduction to philosophy, metaphysics, and free will courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195149708
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/24/2005
Series:
Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
571,321
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. The Free Will Problem
2. Compatibilism
3. Incompatibilism
4. Libertarianism, Indeterminism, and Chance
5. Minds, Selves, and Agent Causes
6. Actions, Reasons, and Causes
7. Is Free Will Possible? Hard Determinists and Other Skeptics
8. Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities
9. Higher-order Desires, Real Selves, and New Compatibilists
10. Reactive Attitude Theories
11. Ultimate Responsibility
12. Free Will and Modern Science
13. Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Free Will
14. Conclusion: Five Freedoms
Notes
Index

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