The Significance of Free Will

Paperback | August 1, 1998

byRobert Kane

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Robert Kane provides a critical overview of debates about free will of the past half century, relating this recent inquiry to the broader history of the free will issue and to vital currents of twentieth century thought. Kane also defends a traditional libertarian or incompatibilist view offree will (one that insists upon the incompatibility of free will and determinism), employing arguments that are both new to philosophy and that respond to contemporary developments in physics and biology, neuro science, and the cognitive and behavioral sciences.

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Robert Kane provides a critical overview of debates about free will of the past half century, relating this recent inquiry to the broader history of the free will issue and to vital currents of twentieth century thought. Kane also defends a traditional libertarian or incompatibilist view offree will (one that insists upon the incompati...

Robert Kane is at University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195126563

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI. The Ascent Problem:Compatibility and Significance2. Will3. Responsibility4. Alternative Possibilities5. Ultimate Responsibility6. SignificanceII. The Descent Problem: Intelligibility and Existence7. Plurality and Indeterminism8. Moral and Prudential Choice9. Efforts, Purposes, and Practical Reason10. Objections and Responses11. ConclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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"This is, quite simply, the most thoughtful and detailed defense of libertarianism currently available." --Alfred R. Mele, Davidson College