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This comprehensive reference provides an exhaustive guide to current scholarship on the perennial problem of Free Will--perhaps the most hotly and voluminously debated of all philosophical problems. While reference is made throughout to the contributions of major thinkers of the past, the emphasis is on recent research. The essays, all previously unpublished, combine the work of established scholars with younger thinkers who are beginning to make significant contributions. Taken as a whole, the Handbook provides an engaging and accessible roadmap to the state of the art thinking on this enduring topic.
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"The emphasis throughout is on work done on free will in the past several decades, and the book is quite thorough in its coverage of the many recent developments and modifications of the traditional positions. A vital resource for anyone interested in an up-to-date survey of the free will debate, this book belongs in every college and university library."—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195178548
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/13/2005
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Free Will and Values, Through the Moral Maze, The Significance of Free Will, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will, and Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom, among other works on mind and action, free will, ethics, and value theory.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the contours of contemporary free will debates 3
2 Recent work on divine foreknowledge and free will 45
3 Fatalism 65
4 Quantum physics, consciousness, and free will 85
5 Chaos, indeterminism, and free will 111
6 A master argument of incompatibilism? 127
7 Free will remains a mystery 158
8 Ifs, cans, and free will : the issues 181
9 Compatibilist views of freedom and responsibility 202
10 Pessimists, Pollyannas, and the new compatibilism 229
11 Who's afraid of determinism? : rethinking causes and possibilities 257
12 Frankfurt-type examples and semi-compatibilism 281
13 Libertarianism and Frankfurt-style cases 309
14 Responsibility and Frankfurt-type examples 323
15 Libertarian views : dualist and agent-causal theories 337
16 Libertarian views : critical survey of noncausal and event-causal accounts of free agency 356
17 Reasons explanations of action : causalist versus noncausalist accounts 386
18 Some neglected pathways in the free will labyrinth 406
19 The bounds of freedom 441
20 Determinism as true, compatibilism and incompatibilism as false, and the real problem 461
21 Living without free will : the case for hard incompatibilism 477
22 Free will, fundamental dualism, and the centrality of illusion 489
23 Metaethics, metaphilosophy, and free will subjectivism 506
24 Autonomy, self-control, and weakness of will 529
25 Do we have free will? 551
26 Neurophilosophy of free will 565
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Will Leave You Proud to Lose An Argument

    I first encountered Kane's facility with the notoriously-challenging problem of free will in his book *The Significance of Free Will.* At that time, I realized that Kane had an almost suspicious talent for articulating my own objections, and then articulating a response that usually satisfied me more than my own. While such a talent may be a bit threatening for readers who occasionally find themselves desiring to claim their own victories, Kane's affability and enthusiasm always seem to leave the reader with a sense of pride in having participated in his well-authenticated jaunts. This book, in particular, highlights Kane's skills as both an original author and an editor with an honest eye for the best arguments of his opponents. It will certainly become a staple, if it has not already, for professional scholars of free will and curious by-standers alike. The *Oxford Handbook of Free Will* draws together balanced selections from the most relevant authors in the field, and-despite its depth-manages to cover a range broad enough that the book would be equally well placed on the shelves of theologians, philosophers, and physicians. My main criticism is that the compilation does not contain some selections I find relevant for the debate. Then again, such a problem *should* be inevitable for a field as contested as that of free will, and is minimized by Kane's need to balance his equations. The Oxford group has again demonstrated their wisdom in selecting Kane as the editor of this volume. Compared to its competitors in the often-dreary pantheon of free-will texts, this volume will leave you energized to jump into the next argument (rather than feeling deflated by the fact that there remain more arguments to be broached).

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