An Essay on Free Will

An Essay on Free Will


By (author) Peter Van Inwagen

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 16mm | 331g
  • Publication date: 20 February 1986
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198249241
  • ISBN 13: 9780198249245
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 287,622

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In this stimulating and thought-provoking book, the author defends the thesis that free will is incompatible with determinism. He disputes the view that determinism is necessary for moral responsbility. Finding no good reason for accepting determinism, but believing moral responsibility to be indubitable, he concludes that determinism should be rejected.

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"This is an important book, and no one interested in issues which touch on the free will will want to ignore it."--Ethics"An extremely intelligent, resourceful, and rigorous book. It is filled with subtle, sophisticated, imaginative, and often ingenious argumentation. Van Inwagen systematically systematically puts his finger on the operative intuitions of incompatibilism, and he presents incompatibilism as forcefully as has ever been done."--The Philosophical Review