Contemporary Introduction to Free Will
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Description: Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will--and its place in the history of philosophy--the book then turns to contemporary debates and theories about free will, determinism, and related subjects like moral responsibility, coercion,compulsion, autonomy, agency, rationality, freedom, and more. Classical compatibilist and new compatibilist theories of free will are considered along with the latest incompatibilist or libertarian theories and the most recent skeptical challenges to free will. Separate chapters are devoted to the relation offree will to moral responsibility and ethics; to modern science; and to religious questions about predestination, divine foreknowledge, and human freedom. Numerous down-to-earth examples and challenging thought experiments enliven the the text. The book is an ideal addition to introduction to philosophy, metaphysics, and free will courses.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2005
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
|The Free Will Problem|
|Libertarianism, Indeterminism, and Chance|
|Minds, Selves, and Agent Causes|
|Actions, Reasons, and Causes|
|Is Free Will Possible? Hard Determinists and Other Skeptics|
|Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities|
|Higher-order Desires, Real Selves, and New Compatibilists|
|Reactive Attitude Theories|
|Free Will and Modern Science|
|Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Free Will|
|Conclusion: Five Freedoms|