Metaphilosophy and Free Will by Richard Double

Metaphilosophy and Free Will

byRichard Double

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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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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Richard Double is at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
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Title:Metaphilosophy and Free WillFormat: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