Four Views on Free Will by John Martin FischerFour Views on Free Will by John Martin Fischer

Four Views on Free Will

byJohn Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom

Hardcover | July 30, 2007

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Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.

  • Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism
  • The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation
  • Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion
  • Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series
John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he is a holder of a UC President's Chair. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Free Will: An Essay on Control (Blackwell 1994); Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility (with Mark Ravizza, 1998); and My W...
Title:Four Views on Free WillFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:244 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9.3 × 6.3 × 0.7 inPublished:July 30, 2007Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1405134852

ISBN - 13:9781405134859


Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


A Brief Introduction to Some Terms and Concepts.

1. Libertarianism ((Robert Kane).

2. Compatibilism (John Martin Fischer).

3. Hard Incompatibilism (Derk Pereboom).

4. Revisionism (Manuel Vargas).

5. Response to Fischer, Pereboom, and Vargas (Robert Kane).

6. Response to Kane, Pereboom, and Vargas (John Martin Fischer).

7. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Vargas (Derk Pereboom).

8. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Pereboom (Manuel Vargas).



Editorial Reviews

"There is no better introduction to the debate available. This is a book that will be read with profit by anyone who opens it, specialist or newcomer." –Neil Levy, Metapsychology Online Reviews "Four Views on Free Will is an excellent introduction to the current debate regarding one of the most seductive of the perennial topics in philosophy. It is an especially welcome addition to Blackwell's "Great Debates in Philosophy" series. The goal is the presentation of a considerably more dialogical and engaging introduction to the main issues in an important domain of philosophical inquiry than can typically be achieved in a standard monograph. Four Views succeeds admirably in achieving this worthwhile goal." –Daniel Speak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "This gem of a book provides a wonderfully accessible introduction to the free will debate by leading proponents of four major views, as well as a front row seat to a dynamic, up-to-the minute philosophical conversation." –Dana Nelkin, University of California at San Diego "This four-way debate is a fine addition to the Great Debates in Philosophy series. Four Views on Free Will is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses on free will." –Alfred R. Mele, Florida State University