Libertarian Accounts of Free Will
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Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

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This comprehensive study offers a balanced assessment of libertarian accounts of free will. Bringing to bear recent work on action, causation, and causal explanation, Clarke defends a type of event-causal view from popular objections concerning rationality and diminished control. He subtly explores the extent to which event-causal accounts can secure the things for the sake of which we value free will, judging their success here to be limited. Clarke then sets out a highly original agent-causal account, one that integrates agent causation and nondeterministic event causation. He defends this view from a number of objections but argues that we should find the substance causation required by any agent-causal account to be impossible. Clarke concludes that if a broad thesis of incompatibilism is correct-one on which both free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with determinism-then no libertarian account is entirely adequate.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 20mm | 399.17g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195306422
  • 9780195306422
  • 1,310,976

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Clarke's book marks a leap forward in our understanding of all the various forms of incompatibilism. * Gideon Yaffe, The Journal of Ethics *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Conclusion ; References ; Indexshow more

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