Four Views on Free Will / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $99.59
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 15%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $99.59   
  • New (4) from $99.59   
  • Used (4) from $153.56   


The question of free will - what it is, if it can exist, and whether humans are possessed of it - has always sparked argument from philosophers and theologians, and advances in physics and cognitive science have served to sharpen the conversation. Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the major positions in the debate.

This volume takes an interactive look at the subject, taking up the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, defended by Robert Kane; compatibilism, defended by John Martin Fisher; hard incompatibilism, defended by Derk Pereboom; and revisionism, defended by Manuel Vargas. The first half of the book contains each author's explanation of the view he is defending, while the second half allows the authors to respond to each other's positions in a lively and engaging conversation.

About the Author:
John Martin Fischer is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he holds a UC President's Chair

About the Author:
Robert Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin

About the Author:
Derk Pereboom is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont

About the Author:
Manuel Vargas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'This book presents four recent positions on free will in a clear and accessible way, along with their authors? responses to each other's position. The discussion carries the discussion of the free will problem forward, and moreover raises interesting metaphilosophical questions about the debate itself: Where is this debate going? Where might it go next? Where should it go next?? (Metaphilosophy, January 2009)

Four Views on Free Will serves as an excellent introduction to many of the central issues in the contemporary free will and moral responsibility literature. It is very readable; the chapters are approachable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students, and it has a very helpful and thorough index for cross-referencing topics between the various chapters.? (Social Theory and Practice, April 2009)

'The four main essays are clearly written and argued, and the shorter articles are very useful as illustrations of how philosophers debate. Highly recommended.? (Choice Reviews)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405134859
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Series: Great Debates in Philosophy Series , #11
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     vi
Acknowledgments     viii
A Brief Introduction to Some Terms and Concepts     1
Libertarianism   Robert Kane     5
Compatibilism   John Martin Fischer     44
Hard Incompatibilism   Derk Pereboom     85
Revisionism   Manuel Vargas     126
Response to Fischer, Pereboom, and Vargas   Robert Kane     166
Response to Kane, Pereboom, and Vargas   John Martin Fischer     184
Response to Kane, Fischer, and Vargas   Derk Pereboom     191
Response to Kane, Fischer, and Pereboom   Manuel Vargas     204
Bibliography     220
Index     224
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)