Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

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Randolph Clarke examines free will in the context of determinism on the one hand, and the notion that this choice may in fact be random and arbitrary on the other. In the first half of the book, he provides a careful, 'conceptual' assessment of the various libertarian theories that do not appeal to agent causation, and contends that they fail to provide an adequate account of the control required by free will. The second half is a development of his own theory of causation, where he suggests that a satisfactory account of this type of control is possible and necessary, constituting a significant advance in our understanding of free will and the moral responsibility that follows from it.show more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 019515987X
  • 9780195159875

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ibertarian Accounts of Free Will offers a careful, often insightful examination of the prospects for an adequate naturalist libertarian incompatibilism; the book examines, that is, theories of freedom under which free action is possible should determinism be false and should the world be as the natural sciences tell us it is. It is an excellent book that anyone interested in this topic should read. * Gideon Yaffe, The Journal of Ethics *show more