Free Will

Paperback | January 1, 2003

EditorGary Watson

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The new edition of this highly successful text will once again provide the ideal introduction to free will. This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic of free will during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work.Topics explored in this collection include: the relation between necessity, acting freely, and freedom to act otherwise; different accounts of the capacity for free agency, and the ways in which it can be compromised; grounds for scepticism about free agency and discussions of the relation betweenfree will and responsibility.

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The new edition of this highly successful text will once again provide the ideal introduction to free will. This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic of free will during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work.Topics explored in this collection include: the relation between neces...

Gary Watson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019925494X

ISBN - 13:9780199254941

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Table of Contents

Gary Watson: Introduction1. Roderick M. Chisholm: Human Freedom and the Self2. Peter van Inwagen: An Argument for Incompatibilism3. J.J.C Smart: Free Will, Praise and Blame4. Peter Strawson: Freedom and Resentment5. David Wiggins: Towards a Reasonable Libertarianism6. David Lewis: Are We Free to Break the Laws?7. Hilary Bok: Freedom and Practical Reason8. Harry G. Frankfurt: Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility9. David Widerker: Libertarianism and Frankfurt's Attack on the Principle of Alternative Possibilities10. John Martin Fischer: Frankfurt-Style Compatibilism11. Galen Strawson: The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility12. Thomas Nagel: Freedom13. Timothy O'Connor: Agent Causation14. Randolph Clarke: Toward a Credible Agent-Causal Account of Free Will15. Robert Kane: Responsibility, Luck, and Chance: Reflections on Free Will and Indeterminism16. Harry G. Frankfurt: Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person17. Gary Watson: Free Agency18. T.M. Scanlon: The Significance of Choice19. Susan Wolf: Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility20. Philip Pettit and Michael Smith: Freedom in Belief and Desire21. Rogers Albritton: Freedom of Will and Freedom of Action22. R. Jay Wallace: Addiction as Defect of the Will: Some Philosophical ReflectionsNotes on the contributorsSelected bibliographyIndex of names

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"Excellent anthology!"--James Coley, University of North Carolina, Greensboro "An excellent collection."--Susan Sauve, Harvard University "Excellent--exactly what I need for my free will course."--George B. Thomas, University of Virginia "Outstanding and much needed."--Don Garrett, University of Utah "An excellent collection of recent work on the ever-perplexing issues of mechanism and free will."--Lynne Rudder Baker, Middlebury College