Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will / Edition 1

Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will / Edition 1

by Timothy O'Connor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195133080

ISBN-13: 9780195133080

Pub. Date: 03/16/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This provocative book refurbishes the traditional account of freedom of will as reasons-guided "agent" causation, situating its account within a general metaphysics. O'Connor's discussion of the general concept of causation and of ontological reductionism v. emergence will specially interest metaphysicians and philosophers of mind.

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This provocative book refurbishes the traditional account of freedom of will as reasons-guided "agent" causation, situating its account within a general metaphysics. O'Connor's discussion of the general concept of causation and of ontological reductionism v. emergence will specially interest metaphysicians and philosophers of mind.

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ISBN-13:
9780195133080
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2000
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Freedom and Determinism
3(20)
An Ancient Argument
3(2)
Some Modal Principles and the Argument for Incompatibilism
5(10)
The Fixity of the Past and of Natural Laws
15(3)
Freedom and Responsibility
18(5)
Freedom and Indeterminism: Some Unsatisfactory Proposals
23(20)
The Trouble with Incompatibilism
23(1)
Simple Indeterminism: Carl Ginet on Choice and Control
24(3)
Causal Indeterminism: The General Strategy and a Problem Posed
27(16)
The Agent as Cause: Reid, Taylor, and Chisholm
43(24)
The Agency Theory
43(1)
Thomas Reid
43(6)
Richard Taylor
49(6)
Roderick Chisholm
55(5)
Summary
60(7)
Appendix: Chisholm's Later Writings on Agency
61(6)
The Metaphysics of Free Will
67(18)
Overview
67(1)
Event Causation
68(3)
Agent Causation
71(3)
C. D. Broad's Objection to the Very Idea of Agent Causation
74(2)
Remarks on a Contemporary Alternative Account of Agent Causation
76(3)
Ersatz Agent Causation?
79(2)
Alternative Possibilities, Responsibility, and Agent Causation
81(4)
Reasons and Causes
85(23)
Reasons Explanation and the Agency Theory
85(1)
Objections to the Account
86(5)
Reasons and Contrastive Explanation
91(4)
Reasons and Tendencies to Act: A Residual Problem and a Speculative Proposal
95(6)
When Is the Will Free?
101(6)
Conclusion
107(1)
Agency, Mind, and Reductionism
108(19)
Introductory Polemics: 'The Emerging Scientific Picture of the World'
108(2)
Emergence
110(5)
Emergence and Consciousness
115(6)
The Emergence of Active Power
121(2)
An Epistemological Objection to Agent Causation
123(2)
Conclusion
125(2)
References 127(6)
Index 133

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