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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631221029
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,336,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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

Acknowledgments.

Introduction (Robert Kane).

Part I: The Free Will Problem: Standard Positions: Compatibilism, Libertarianism, Hard and Soft Determinism.

1. Walden Two: Freedom and the Behavioral Sciences (B. F. Skinner).

2. The Compatibility of Freedom and Determinism (Kai Nielsen).

3. Human Freedom and the Self (Roderick Chisholm).

4. Hard and Soft Determinism (Paul Edwards).

Part II: The Compatibility / Incompatibility Question: Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility.

5. The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism (Peter van Inwagen).

6. I Could Not Have Done Otherwise -– So What? (Daniel Dennett).

7. Frankfurt-style Examples, Responsibility and Semi-compatibilism (John Martin Fischer).

8. The Explanatory Irrelevance of Alternative Possibilities (Derk Pereboom).

Part III: Hierarchical Motivation, Deep Self Theories and Reactive Attitudes: New Compatibilist Theories.

9. Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person (Harry Frankfurt).

10. Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility (Susan Wolf).

11. Responsibility and the Limits of Evil; Variations on a Strawsonian Theme (Gary Watson).

Part IV: The Intelligibility Question: Libertarian or Incompatibilist Views of Free Agency and Free Will.

12. The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom (Peter van Inwagen).

13. The Agent as Cause (Timothy O'Connor).

14. Freedom, Responsibility and Agency (Carl Ginet).

15. Free Will: New Directions for an Ancient Problem (Robert Kane).

16. Chess, Life and Superlife (David Hodgson).

Part V: Religion and Free Will: Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom.

17. Divine Foreknowledge, Evil, and the Free Choice of the Will (St. Augustine).

18. God, Time, Knowledge and Freedom: The Historical Matrix (William Hasker).

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.

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