The Oxford Handbook of Free Will

The Oxford Handbook of Free Will : Second Edition

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This second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Free Will is intended to be a sourcebook and guide to current work on free will and related subjects. Its focus is on writings of the past forty years, in which there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional issues about the freedom of the will in the light of new developments in the sciences, philosophy and humanistic studies. Special attention is given to research on free will of the first decade of the
twenty-first century since the publication of the first edition of the Handbook. All the essays have been newly written or rewritten for this volume. In addition, there are new essayists and essays surveying topics that have become prominent in debates about free will in the past decade, including new work
on the relation of free will to physics, the neurosciences, cognitive science, psychology and empirical philosophy, new versions of traditional views (compatibilist, incompatibilist, libertarian, etc.) and new views (e.g., revisionism) that have emerged. The twenty-eight essays by prominent international scholars and younger scholars cover a host of free will related issues, such as moral agency and responsibility, accountability and blameworthiness in ethics, autonomy, coercion and control in
social theory, criminal liability, responsibility and punishment in legal theory, issues about the relation of mind to body, consciousness and the nature of action in philosophy of mind and the cognitive and neurosciences, questions about divine foreknowledge, providence and human freedom in
philosophy of religion, and general metaphysical questions about necessity and possibility, determinism, time and chance, quantum reality, causation and explanation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 178 x 247 x 45mm | 1,108g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195399692
  • 9780195399691
  • 466,904

Table of contents

Contributors ; 1. Introduction: The Contours of Contemporary Free Will Debates ; PART I: THEOLOGY AND FREE WILL ; 2. Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom ; PART II: PHYSICS, DETERMINISM AND INDETERMINISM ; 3. Quantum Physics, Consciousness and Free Will ; 4. Chaos, Indeterminism and Free Will ; 5. The Causal Closure of Physics ; PART III: THE CONSEQUENCE ARGUMENT FOR INCOMPATIBILISM ; 6. The Consequence Argument Revisited ; 7. A Compatibilist Reply to the Consequence Argument ; PART IV: COMPATIBILIST PERSPECTIVES ON FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY ; 8. Compatibilism Without Frankfurt: Dispositional Analyses of Free Will ; 9. Contemporary Compatibilism: Mesh Theories and Reasons-Responsive Theories ; 10. Moral Sense and the Foundations of Responsibility ; 11. Whose Still Afraid of Determinism? Rethinking Causes and Possibilities ; PART V: MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, ALTERNATIVE POSSIBILITIES AND FRANKFURT-TYPE EXAMPLES ; 12. Frankfurt-type Examples and Semi-Compatibilism ; 13. Frankfurt-friendly Libertarianism ; 14. Obligation, Reason and Frankfurt Examples ; PART VI: LIBERTARIAN PERSPECTIVES ON FREE AGENCY AND FREE WILL ; 15. Agent-Causal Theories of Freedom ; 16. Alternatives for Liberarians ; 17. Freedom and Action Without Causation: Noncausal Theories of Freedom and Purposive Agency ; 18. Free Will is Not a Mystery ; 19. Rethinking Free Will: New Perspectives on an Ancient Problem ; PART VII: FURTHER VIEWS AND ISSUES: HARD DETERMINISM, HARD INCOMPATIBILISM, ILLUSIONISM, REVISIONISM, PROMISES AND ROLLBACKS ; 20. Free Will Skepticism and Meaning in Life ; 21. Free Will, Fundamental Dualism and the Centrality of Illusion ; 22. Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism Nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness ; 23. Revisionist Accounts of Free Will: Origins, Varieties and Challenges ; 24. A Promising Argument ; 25. Rollbacks, Endorsement and Indeterminism ; 26. Free Will and Science ; 27. Contributions of Neuroscience to the Free Will Debate ; 28. Free Will and the Bounds of the Self ; 29. Intuitions about Free Will, Determinism and Bypassing ; References ; Index
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About Robert Kane

Robert Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Free Will and Values, Through the Moral Maze, The Significance of Free Will, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will, and Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom, among other works on mind and action, free will, ethics, and value
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