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This book is addressed to all those whose philosophical urge expresses itself in a concern with free will.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195085655
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Dilemma of Autonomy (In Which the Problems of Responsibility and Free Will Are Presented) 3
Setting Up the Problem(s): The Dilemma of Autonomy 4
Defending the Problem as a Problem: The Metaphysical Stance 15
2. The Real Self View (In Which a Nonautonomous Conception of Free Will and Responsibility is Examined and Criticized) 23
Relating the Problems of Free Will and Responsibility to Determinism 24
Avoiding Autonomy: Developing the Idea of an Agent's Real Self 26
Problems with the Real Self View 35
3. The Autonomy View (In Which an Autonomous Conception of Free Will and Responsibility Is Examined and Criticized) 46
The Apparent (but Only Apparent) Autonomy of Valuing Selves 49
Autonomy as the Ability to Make Radical Choices 53
The (Non) Desirability of Autonomy 55
A Last Voice in Favor of Autonomy: The Skeptic's Perspective 62
4. The Reason View (In Which a Nonautonomous Conception of Free Will and Responsibility Is Proposed) 67
The Reason View Compared with the Autonomy View 68
The Reason View Compared with the Real Self View 73
The Reason View as an Intermediary between the Other Views 76
The Asymmetry of the Reason View 79
The Reason View Applied 81
Blameworthiness According to the Reason View 85
The Unity and Spirit of the Reason View 89
5. Ability and Possibility (In Which the Implications of Determinism for Responsibility Are Discussed) 94
Determinism and the Reason View 96
Conditional Analyses of Ability 97
An Alternative Characterization of Ability 100
The Story 103
The Moral of the Story 112
6. The True and the Good (In Which the Metaethical Assumptions of the Reason View Are Examined) 117
The Role of "the True and the Good" in the Reason View 118
The Metaethical Spectrum 123
Varieties of Antiobjectivism 126
Conceptual Subjectivism's Implications for the Reason View 132
Normative Pluralism and Its Conjunction with the Reason View 135
How Much Freedom (and Reason) Do We Need? 142
Notes 149
Selected Readings 155
Index 159
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