The Significance of Free Will

The Significance of Free Will

by Robert L. Kane


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The Significance of Free Will by Robert L. Kane

"A magisterial work (that) culminates twenty-five years of thinking about the problems of free will. For those who believe both that robust free will cannot survive in a deterministic climate and that a viable free will need be scientifically respectable, Kane's work may prove salvific." -- Mark Bernstein, University of Texas at San Antonio. In the past quarter-century, there has been a resurgence of interest in philosophical questions about free will. After a clear and broad-reaching survey of these recent debates, Robert Kane presents his own controversial view. Arguing persuasively for a traditional incompatibilist or libertarian conception of free will, Kane demonstrates that such a conception can be made intelligible without appeals to obscure or mysterious forms of agency and thus can be reconciled with a contemporary scientific picture of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195105506
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1996
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.43(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
I. The Ascent Problem:Compatibility and Significance
2. Will
3. Responsibility
4. Alternative Possibilities
5. Ultimate Responsibility
6. Significance
II. The Descent Problem: Intelligibility and Existence
7. Plurality and Indeterminism
8. Moral and Prudential Choice
9. Efforts, Purposes, and Practical Reason
10. Objections and Responses
11. Conclusion

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