Four Views on Free Will / Edition 1

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Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.

  • Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism
  • The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation
  • Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion
  • Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series
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Editorial Reviews

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'This book presents four recent positions on free will in a clearand accessible way, along with their authors' responses to eachother's position.? ( Metaphilosophy , January 2009)

"There is no better introduction to the debate available. Thisis a book that will be read with profit by anyone who opens it,specialist or newcomer." Neil Levy, Metapsychology OnlineReviews

"Four Views on Free Will is an excellent introduction tothe current debate regarding one of the most seductive of theperennial topics in philosophy. It is an especially welcomeaddition to Blackwell's "Great Debates in Philosophy" series. Thegoal is the presentation of a considerably more dialogical andengaging introduction to the main issues in an important domain ofphilosophical inquiry than can typically be achieved in a standardmonograph. Four Views succeeds admirably in achieving thisworthwhile goal." Daniel Speak, Notre Dame PhilosophicalReviews

"This gem of a book provides a wonderfully accessibleintroduction to the free will debate by leading proponents of fourmajor views, as well as a front row seat to a dynamic, up-to-theminute philosophical conversation."
Dana Nelkin, University of California at San Diego

"This four-way debate is a fine addition to the Great Debates inPhilosophy series. Four Views on Free Will is ideal for advancedundergraduate courses on free will."
Alfred R. Mele, Florida State University

'The four main essays are clearly written and argued, and theshorter articles are very useful as illustrations of howphilosophers debate. Highly recommended.?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405134866
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: Great Debates in Philosophy Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 899,014
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophyat the University of California, Riverside, where he is a holder ofa UC President's Chair. He is the author of The Metaphysics ofFree Will: An Essay on Control (Blackwell 1994);Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility(with Mark Ravizza, 1998); and My Way: Essays on MoralResponsibility (2006). He has written extensively on free will,moral responsibility, the metaphysics of death, ethics, and thephilosophy of religion.

Robert Kane is University Distinguished TeachingProfessor at the The University of Texas at Austin. He is theauthor of Free Will and Values (1985), Through the MoralMaze (1994), The Significance of Free Will (1996), AContemporary Introduction to Free Will (2005) and editor ofThe Oxford Handbook of Free Will (2002) and a collection ofreadings, Free Will (Blackwell, 2002). He is a member of theAcademy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas atAustin.

Derk Pereboom is Professor of Philosophy at theUniversity of Vermont, where he has been since 1985. He will jointhe Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University in 2007. Hisbook, Living Without Free Will (Cambridge University Press)appeared in 2001, and he has published articles on free will,philosophy of mind, history of modern philosophy, and philosophy ofreligion.

Manuel Vargas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at theUniversity of San Francisco. He has published articles on a rangeof topics, including free will and moral responsibility, practicalreason, evil, and Latin American philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


A Brief Introduction to Some Terms and Concepts.

1. Libertarianism ((Robert Kane).

2. Compatibilism (John Martin Fischer).

3. Hard Incompatibilism (Derk Pereboom).

4. Revisionism (Manuel Vargas).

5. Response to Fischer, Pereboom, and Vargas (Robert Kane).

6. Response to Kane, Pereboom, and Vargas (John MartinFischer).

7. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Vargas (Derk Pereboom).

8. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Pereboom (Manuel Vargas).



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