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Free Will brings together the essential readings on the debate of free will and determinism.Written by top scholars in the field, the essays represent some of the clearest and most accessible thinking on this subject. The introduction offers a concise yet thorough mapping of this age-old debate as well as a helpful overview of the selections.

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“Free Will is a collection of papers primarily designed for undergraduate philosophy courses. This would be an excellent book to use with students with some background in philosophy, especially if coupled with other articles that followed up the discussion of free will into some other area, such as personal identity, moral responsibility, blame, and punishment, or excuses for action.” (Metapsychology, November 2008)
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Meet the Author

Robert Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Free Will and Values (1985), Through the Moral Maze (1994), and The Significance of Free Will (1996, winner of the first annual R. W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Free Will Problem: Standard Positions: Compatibilism, Libertarianism, Hard and Soft Determinism
1 Walden Two: Freedom and the Behavioral Sciences 29
2 The Compatibility of Freedom and Determinism 39
3 Human Freedom and the Self 47
4 Hard and Soft Determinism 59
Pt. II The Compatibility/Incompatibility Question: Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
5 The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism 71
6 I Could Not Have Done Otherwise - So What? 83
7 Frankfurt-style Examples, Responsibility and Semi-compatibilism 95
8 The Explanatory Irrelevance of Alternative Possibilities 111
Pt. III Hierarchical Motivation, Deep Self Theories and Reactive Attitudes: New Compatibilist Theories
9 Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person 127
10 Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility 145
11 Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian Theme 164
Pt. IV The Intelligibility Questions: Libertarian or Incompatibilist Views of Free Agency and Free Will
12 The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom 189
13 The Agent as Cause 196
14 Freedom, Responsibility and Agency 206
15 Free Will: New Directions for an Ancient Problem 222
16 Chess, Life and Superlife 249
Pt. V Religion and Free Will: Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom
17 Divine Foreknowledge, Evil, and the Free Choice of the Will 259
18 God, Time, Knowledge and Freedom: The Historical Matrix 264
Glossary 284
Bibliography 291
Index 302
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