The Oxford Handbook of Free Will

The Oxford Handbook of Free Will
Author : Robert Kane
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages : 638
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 0195178548
ISBN 13 : 9780195178548
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Free Will Book Description:

This is a comprehensive reference work that provides an exhaustive guide to scholarship on the perennial problem of free will.

The Significance of Free Will

The Significance of Free Will
Author : Robert Kane
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages : 268
Release : 1998
ISBN 10 : 9780195126563
ISBN 13 : 0195126564
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Significance of Free Will Book Description:

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 of free 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.

A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will

A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will
Author : Robert Kane
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages : 196
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 019514970X
ISBN 13 : 9780195149708
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will Book Description:

This is a comprehensive introduction to the traditional problem of free will and determinism. Written in language accessible to students and others with no prior knowledge of the subject, the text nonetheless manages to provide a comprehensive overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy.

Free Will

Free Will
Author : Gary Watson
Publisher : Oxford Readings in Philosophy
Total Pages : 462
Release : 2003
ISBN 10 : 9780199254941
ISBN 13 : 019925494X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will Book Description:

The new edition of this highly successful text will once again provide the ideal introduction to free will. This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic of free will during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work.Topics explored in this collection include: the relation between necessity, acting freely, and freedom to act otherwise; different accounts of the capacity for free agency, and the ways in which it can be compromised; grounds for scepticism about free agency and discussions of the relation betweenfree will and responsibility.

Paradoxes of Free Will

Paradoxes of Free Will
Author : Gunther Siegmund Stent
Publisher : American Philosophical Society
Total Pages : 284
Release : 2002
ISBN 10 : 0871699265
ISBN 13 : 9780871699268
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paradoxes of Free Will Book Description:

Driving human reason too far in the analysis of deep problems often leads to irresolvable inconsistencies and contradictions. In this 2002 J.F. Lewis Award-winning monograph, Gunther Stent traces the origins and development of the paradoxes of free will in this well-crafted introduction to philosophical debates regarding freedom of will. Free will poses one of the oldest and most vexatious philosophical problems, dating back to the beginnings of moral philosophy in ancient Greece. Pure theoretical reason implies that our actions are determined, while practical theoretical reason tells us that our will is free. Stent examines the arguments of moral responsibility versus determinism, from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, Niels Bohr, and Max Planck.

Free Will

Free Will
Author : Sam Harris
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Total Pages : 96
Release : 2012-03-06
ISBN 10 : 9781451683479
ISBN 13 : 1451683472
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will Book Description:

A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

The Philosophy of Free Will

The Philosophy of Free Will
Author : Paul Russell
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 560
Release : 2013-02-14
ISBN 10 : 9780199875849
ISBN 13 : 0199875847
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Free Will Book Description:

The problem of free will is one of the great perennial issues of philosophy and has been discussed and debated over many centuries. The issues that arise in this sphere cover both metaphysics and morals and concern matters of central importance not only for philosophy but also for law, theology, psychology and the social sciences. What is at stake here is nothing less than our self-image as responsible moral agents who are in control of our own destiny and fate. The investigations and findings of modern science are judged by many to put skeptical pressure on this self-image and may challenge its credibility. During the past few decades the free will controversy has developed and evolved in exciting and significant ways. All the major parties involved in this debate have had to revise and amend their core positions with a view to responding to the sophisticated and searching arguments put forward by their critics and opponents. The papers collected in this volume represent the most essential and indispensable contributions to the contemporary debate. The specific topics covered include: moral luck, skepticism and naturalism, the consequence argument, alternate possibilities, libertarian metaphysics, compatibilism and reason-responsive theories, illusionism and revisionism, optimism and pessimism, and the phenomenology of agency, as well as contributions relating to neuroscience and experimental philosophy. The collection is arranged in a way that presents the topics covered in a structured and organized manner. The general aim is to provide an effective guide for students and readers who are new to the field, as well as a useful collection for those who are already familiar with the topics and contributions. The contributors include many of the leading and most distinguished figures in the field, along with a number of younger scholars who have already had an impact and produced significant work.

Free Will and Determinism

Free Will and Determinism
Author : Clifford Williams
Publisher : Hackett Publishing
Total Pages : 78
Release : 1980
ISBN 10 : 0915144778
ISBN 13 : 9780915144778
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will and Determinism Book Description:

"Nicely conceived, very clearly written. . . . A high level of philosophic substance and sophistication." --David M. Mowry, SUNY at Plattsburgh

Free Will

Free Will
Author : Laura Ekstrom
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 252
Release : 2018-03-05
ISBN 10 : 9780429968914
ISBN 13 : 0429968914
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will Book Description:

In this comprehensive new study of human free agency, Laura Waddell Ekstrom critically surveys contemporary philosophical literature and provides a novel account of the conditions for free action. Ekstrom argues that incompatibilism concerning free will and causal determinism is true and thus the right account of the nature of free action must be indeterminist in nature. She examines a variety of libertarian approaches, ultimately defending an account relying on indeterministic causation among events and appealing to agent causation only in a reducible sense. Written in an engaging style and incorporating recent scholarship, this study is critical reading for scholars and students interested in the topics of motivation, causation, responsibility, and freedom. In broadly covering the important positions of others along with its exposition of the author's own view, Free Will provides both a significant scholarly contribution and a valuable text for courses in metaphysics and action theory.