Free Will: A Guide for the Perplexed

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An up-to-date and approachable exploration of the age-old question, "What is free will and do we have it?"

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Overview

An up-to-date and approachable exploration of the age-old question, "What is free will and do we have it?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441102096
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

T. J. Mawson is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Peter's College, Oxford University. He is currently Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion and is author of Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

What is the problem of free will?

Chapter 2 Our Experience of Choice 6

What our everyday experience suggests about the existence and nature of free will

Chapter 3 Incompatibilism 55

Some classic and some modern arguments for and against the view that we can't have free will if we live in a deterministic universe

Chapter 4 Indeterminism 113

Whether we have reason to suppose our universe is deterministic; whether we have reason to suppose it is not; or whether we don't have reason either way

Chapter 5 Ultimate Authorship 143

How we might be the ultimate authors of our actions

Chapter 6 Conclusion 169

How we are as we supposed ourselves to be

Glossary 173

Notes 175

Further Reading 189

Index 195

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