Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Paperback | April 21, 2015

EditorSteven M. Cahn, Maureen Eckert

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The book Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, published in 2010 by Columbia University Press, presented David Foster Wallace's challenge to Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In this anthology, notable philosophers engage directly with that work and assess Wallace's reply to Taylor as well as other aspects of Wallace's thought.

With an introduction by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert, this collection includes essays by William Hasker (Huntington University), Gila Sher (University of California, San Diego), Marcello Oreste Fiocco (University of California, Irvine), Daniel R. Kelly (Purdue University), Nathan Ballantyne (Fordham University), Justin Tosi (University of Arizona), and Maureen Eckert. These thinkers explore Wallace's philosophical and literary work, illustrating remarkable ways in which his philosophical views influenced and were influenced by themes developed in his other writings, both fictional and nonfictional. Together with Fate, Time, and Language, this critical set unlocks key components of Wallace's work and its traces in modern literature and thought.

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The book Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, published in 2010 by Columbia University Press, presented David Foster Wallace's challenge to Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In this anthology, notable philosophers engage directly with that work and assess Wallace's reply to Taylor as well as other aspects of Wallace'...

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written or edited some fifty books, including Fate, Logic, and Time; God, Reason, and Religion; Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia; and From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor.Maureen Eckert is associa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction, by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert1. David Foster Wallace and the Fallacies of "Fatalism," by William Hasker2. Wallace, Free Choice, and Fatalism, by Gila Sher3. Fatalism and the Metaphysics of Contingency, by M. Oreste Fiocco4. Fatalism, Time Travel, and System J, by Maureen Eckert5. David Foster Wallace as American Hedgehog, by Daniel R. Kelly6. David Foster Wallace on the Good Life, by Nathan Ballantyne and Justin TosiList of ContributorsIndex

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An impressive anthology of seminal scholarship.