The Oxford Handbook of Free Will

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This second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Free Will is intended to be a sourcebook and guide to current work on free will and related subjects. Its focus is on writings of the past forty years, in which there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional issues about the freedom of the will in the light of new developments in the sciences, philosophy and humanistic studies. Special attention is given to research on free will of the first decade of the twenty-first century since the publication of the ...
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Overview


This second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Free Will is intended to be a sourcebook and guide to current work on free will and related subjects. Its focus is on writings of the past forty years, in which there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional issues about the freedom of the will in the light of new developments in the sciences, philosophy and humanistic studies. Special attention is given to research on free will of the first decade of the twenty-first century since the publication of the first edition of the Handbook. All the essays have been newly written or rewritten for this volume. In addition, there are new essayists and essays surveying topics that have become prominent in debates about free will in the past decade, including new work on the relation of free will to physics, the neurosciences, cognitive science, psychology and empirical philosophy, new versions of traditional views (compatibilist, incompatibilist, libertarian, etc.) and new views (e.g., revisionism) that have emerged. The twenty-eight essays by prominent international scholars and younger scholars cover a host of free will related issues, such as moral agency and responsibility, accountability and blameworthiness in ethics, autonomy, coercion and control in social theory, criminal liability, responsibility and punishment in legal theory, issues about the relation of mind to body, consciousness and the nature of action in philosophy of mind and the cognitive and neurosciences, questions about divine foreknowledge, providence and human freedom in philosophy of religion, and general metaphysical questions about necessity and possibility, determinism, time and chance, quantum reality, causation and explanation.
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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: 9780195399691
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 333,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.80 (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

Contributors
1. Introduction: The Contours of Contemporary Free Will Debates
PART I: THEOLOGY AND FREE WILL
2. Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom
PART II: PHYSICS, DETERMINISM AND INDETERMINISM
3. Quantum Physics, Consciousness and Free Will
4. Chaos, Indeterminism and Free Will
5. The Causal Closure of Physics
PART III: THE CONSEQUENCE ARGUMENT FOR INCOMPATIBILISM
6. The Consequence Argument Revisited
7. A Compatibilist Reply to the Consequence Argument
PART IV: COMPATIBILIST PERSPECTIVES ON FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
8. Compatibilism Without Frankfurt: Dispositional Analyses of Free Will
9. Contemporary Compatibilism: Mesh Theories and Reasons-Responsive Theories
10. Moral Sense and the Foundations of Responsibility
11. Whose Still Afraid of Determinism? Rethinking Causes and Possibilities
PART V: MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, ALTERNATIVE POSSIBILITIES AND FRANKFURT-TYPE EXAMPLES
12. Frankfurt-type Examples and Semi-Compatibilism
13. Frankfurt-friendly Libertarianism
14. Obligation, Reason and Frankfurt Examples
PART VI: LIBERTARIAN PERSPECTIVES ON FREE AGENCY AND FREE WILL
15. Agent-Causal Theories of Freedom
16. Alternatives for Liberarians
17. Freedom and Action Without Causation: Noncausal Theories of Freedom and Purposive Agency
18. Free Will is Not a Mystery
19. Rethinking Free Will: New Perspectives on an Ancient Problem
PART VII: FURTHER VIEWS AND ISSUES: HARD DETERMINISM, HARD INCOMPATIBILISM, ILLUSIONISM, REVISIONISM, PROMISES AND ROLLBACKS
20. Free Will Skepticism and Meaning in Life
21. Free Will, Fundamental Dualism and the Centrality of Illusion
22. Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism Nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness
23. Revisionist Accounts of Free Will: Origins, Varieties and Challenges
24. A Promising Argument
25. Rollbacks, Endorsement and Indeterminism
26. Free Will and Science
27. Contributions of Neuroscience to the Free Will Debate
28. Free Will and the Bounds of the Self
29. Intuitions about Free Will, Determinism and Bypassing
References
Index

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