A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2005 - Philosophy - 196 pages
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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 of free 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 text. The book is an ideal addition to introduction to philosophy, metaphysics, and free will courses.

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User Review  - RainerSalosensaari - LibraryThing

This book is a very good introduction concerning freedom and free will. In the end of every chapter there is Suggested Reading. There you are able to pick up more interesting references. Read full review

Review: A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will (Fundamentals of Philosophy Series)

User Review  - Zoe Jackson - Goodreads

Kane nearly lost another star from me for using the chapter entitled 'Free Will and Modern Science' to push his own implausible fringe barrow on the compatibility between his conception of free will ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Robert Kane is at University of Texas, Austin.

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