The Metasphysics of Free Will: An Essay on Control

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The Metaphysics of Free Will provides a through statement of the major grounds for skepticism about the reality of free will and moral responsibility. The author identifies and explains the sort of control that is associated with personhood and accountability, and shows how it is consistent with causal determinism. In so doing, out view of ourselves as morally responsible agents is protected against the disturbing changes posed by science and religion.

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Overview

The Metaphysics of Free Will provides a through statement of the major grounds for skepticism about the reality of free will and moral responsibility. The author identifies and explains the sort of control that is associated with personhood and accountability, and shows how it is consistent with causal determinism. In so doing, out view of ourselves as morally responsible agents is protected against the disturbing changes posed by science and religion.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an excellent book, a first-rate contribution to the literature. Its combination of thoroughness and accessibility is rare in the literature on free will. The arguments are skillfully crafted and sometimes stunningly ingenious." Alfred Mele, Davidson College

"This is a delightful and masterful philosophical work. What Fischer has to say about freedom and moral responsibility is always interesting and plausible and often persuasive. He presents the issues clearly and elegantly and advances considerably the discussion on them." Michael Zimmerman, University of North Carolina

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Fischer (philosophy, U. of California, Riverside) argues that we have the sort of control over our behavior that grounds moral responsibility, identifies the type of control that is associated with personhood and accountability, and shows how it is consistent with causal determinism, or God's existence. He shows how our view of ourselves as morally responsible agents can be protected against the challenges posed by science and religion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557868572
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/17/1995
  • Series: Aristotelian Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John Martin Fischer is Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Riverside. His previous publications include The Metephysics of Death (1993), Ethics: Problems and Principles (1991), and Moral Responsibility (1986).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

1. The Issues.

2. The Transfer Principle: Its Plausability.

3. The Transfer Prnciple: Its Role.

4. The Laws and the Past: The Conditional Version of the Argument.

5. The Basic Version and Newcomb's Problem.

6. The Facts.

7. Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities.

8. Moral Responsibility and Guidance Control.

9. Putting it Together.

Notes.

Fischer Bibliography.

Bibliography.

Index.

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