Four Views on Free Will / Edition 1

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Overview

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

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

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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

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'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)

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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
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