A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will

Paperback | March 23, 2005

byRobert Kane

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Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will--andits place in the history of philosophy--the book then turns to contemporary debates and theories about free will, determinism, and related subjects like moral responsibility, coercion, compulsion, autonomy, agency, rationality, freedom, and more. Classical compatibilist and new compatibilisttheories of free will are considered along with the latest incompatibilist or libertarian theories and the most recent skeptical challenges to free will. Separate chapters are devoted to the relation of free will to moral responsibility and ethics; to modern science; and to religious questions aboutpredestination, divine foreknowledge, and human freedom. Numerous down-to-earth examples and challenging thought experiments enliven the text. The book is an ideal addition to introduction to philosophy, metaphysics, and free will courses.

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Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will--andits place in the history of philosophy--the bo...

Robert Kane is at University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:March 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. The Free Will Problem2. Compatibilism3. Incompatibilism4. Libertarianism, Indeterminism, and Chance5. Minds, Selves, and Agent Causes6. Actions, Reasons, and Causes7. Is Free Will Possible? Hard Determinists and Other Skeptics8. Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities9. Higher-order Desires, Real Selves, and New Compatibilists10. Reactive Attitude Theories11. Ultimate Responsibility12. Free Will and Modern Science13. Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Free Will14. Conclusion: Five FreedomsNotesIndex

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"Any educated person willing to make the effort can now read Kane's inclusive, careful and accessible book and know that he or she is familiar with the free-will problem and with the current state of human understanding of it. . . .A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will will replace allother introductions to the subject." --The Times Literary Supplement