Metaphilosophy and Free Will

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Double

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Why is debate over the free will problem so intractable? In this broad and stimulating look at the philosophical enterprise, Richard Double uses the free will controversy to build on the subjectivist conclusion he developed in The Non-Reality of Free Will (OUP 1991). Double argues that variousviews about free will--e.g., compatibilism, incompatibilism, and even subjectivism--are compelling if, and only if, we adopt supporting metaphilosophical views. Because metaphilosophical considerations are not provable, we cannot show any free will theory to be most reasonable. Metaphilosophy andFree Will deconstructs the free will problem and, by example, challenges philosophers in other areas to show how their philosophical argumentation can succeed.

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Why is debate over the free will problem so intractable? In this broad and stimulating look at the philosophical enterprise, Richard Double uses the free will controversy to build on the subjectivist conclusion he developed in The Non-Reality of Free Will (OUP 1991). Double argues that variousviews about free will--e.g., compatibilism,...

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Why is debate over the free will problem so intractable? This question forms the starting point for Richard Double's ground-breaking account of the way metaphilosophical views - our differing conceptions of the philosophical enterprise - condition competing theories of free will. Double holds that any argument for or against a specific...

Richard Double is at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.94 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195107624

ISBN - 13:9780195107623

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"In addition to providing a useful overview of the recent debate, [Double's] discussion enables one to see how positions one might initially be inclined to dismiss as unreasonable make good sense if seen from the appropriate metaphysical stance."--Dan J. Rossini and Staff