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

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

by Timothy O'Connor
     
 

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.  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

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?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Freedom and Determinism3
1.1An Ancient Argument3
1.2Some Modal Principles and the Argument for Incompatibilism5
1.3The Fixity of the Past and of Natural Laws15
1.4Freedom and Responsibility18
2Freedom and Indeterminism: Some Unsatisfactory Proposals23
2.1The Trouble with Incompatibilism23
2.2Simple Indeterminism: Carl Ginet on Choice and Control24
2.3Causal Indeterminism: The General Strategy and a Problem Posed27
3The Agent as Cause: Reid Taylor, and Chisholm43
3.1The Agency Theory43
3.2Thomas Reid43
3.3Richard Taylor49
3.4Roderick Chisholm55
AppendixChisholm's Later Writings on Agency61
4The Metaphysics of Free Will67
4.1Overview67
4.2Event Causation68
4.3Agent Causation71
4.4C. D. Broad's Objection to the Very Idea of Agent Causation74
4.5Remarks on a Contemporary Alternative Account of Agent Causation76
4.6Ersatz Agent Causation?79
4.7Alternative Possibilities, Responsibility, and Agent Causation81
5Reasons and Causes85
5.1Reasons Explanation and the Agency Theory85
5.2Objections to the Account86
5.3Reasons and Contrastive Explanation91
5.4Reasons and Tendencies to Act: A Residual Problem and a Speculative Proposal95
5.5When Is the Will Free?101
6Agency, Mind, and Reductionism108
6.1Introductory Polemics: 'The Emerging Scientific Picture of the World'108
6.2Emergence110
6.3Emergence and Consciousness115
6.4The Emergence of Active Power121
6.5An Epistemological Objection to Agent Causation123
References127
Index133

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