Self-Determination: The Ethics of Action, Volume 1 by Thomas PinkSelf-Determination: The Ethics of Action, Volume 1 by Thomas Pink

Self-Determination: The Ethics of Action, Volume 1

byThomas Pink

Hardcover | January 7, 2017

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Thomas Pink offers a new approach to the problem of free will. Do we have control of how we act, so that we are free to act in more than one way, and does it matter to morality whether we do? Pink argues that what matters to morality is not in fact the freedom to do otherwise, but somethingmore primitive - a basic capacity or power to determine for ourselves what we do. This capacity might or might not take the form of a freedom to act in more than one way, and it might or might not be compatible with causal determinism. What really matters to morality is that it is we who determinewhat we do. What we do must not simply be a function of powers or capacities for which we are not responsible, or a matter of mere chance. At the heart of moral responsibility is a distinctive form of power that is quite unlike ordinary causation - a power by which we determine outcomes in a wayquite differently from the way ordinary causes determine outcomes. Pink examines how this power is involved in action, and how the nature of action permits the operation of such a power to determine it.
Thomas Pink studied history and philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After a short career in banking he became a research fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and has since taught at the University of Sheffield and at King's College London. He has published on the philosophy of action and free will, on ethics and political phi...
Title:Self-Determination: The Ethics of Action, Volume 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:January 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272751

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Table of Contents

Introduction and summary1. Action and its place in ethics2. Freedom and purposiveness3. Motivation and voluntariness4. The non-voluntariness of the will5. The voluntariness-based model of action6. Freedom and scepticism: incompatibilism7. Freedom and scepticism: alternatives8. Moral responsibility and reduction9. The practical reason-based model and its past10. Intention and practical reason11. The action-constitutive exercise of reason12. Action and its motivation13. Voluntariness and freedom of the will14. Freedom and causation15. Freedom as a power