The Significance of Free Will

The Significance of Free Will

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Kane offers a provocative and original account of the issues surrounding free will and moral responsibility. He presents a version of the "incompatibilist" or "libertarian" view of free will, defending the classic view of free will as "the power of agents to be the ultimate creators and sustainers of their own ends and purposes" against a wide range of modern critics. This book also serves as a comprehensive survey of recent controversies about free will, covering most of the debates of the past 25 more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 162.1 x 238.3 x 23.4mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195105508
  • 9780195105506

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His complex and carefully argued book ... is the culmination of twenty-five years of thought on the matter ... How successful is Kane in providing an account of freedom of the will is both adequate and to our pre-theoretical understanding and yet consonant with physical theorizing? In my judgement, he has gone farther than any other philosopher working within the constraint of making no basic ontological posits concerning only persons and their capacities. * Times Literary Supplement * Kane furnishes his reader with a uniformly illuminating tour through the labyrinths of the free will debate. A careful reader of Kane can return to the philosophical literature with greater understanding and profit. David M. Ciocchi, Philosophia Christi, Vol.1, No.2, 1999show more

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In the past quarter-century, there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional philosophical questions about free will. The first of this book's aims is to explore the significance of this recent work, both for the advancement of understanding in one of philosophy's most perennially challenging areas, and for broad contemporary concerns in ethics, politics, science, religion, and humanistic studies. The book's second goal is to defend a classic "incompatibilist" or "libertarian" conception of free will in ways that are both new to philosophy and that respond to contemporary scientific learning. Incompatibilist or libertarian accounts of freedom are often criticized for being unintelligible or for having no place in the modern scientific picture of the world. Kane asserts to the contrary that a traditional view of free will (one that insists upon the incompatibility of free will and determinism) can be supported without the usual appeals to obscure or mysterious forms of agency and can be reconciled with recent developments in the sciences - physical, biological, neurological, cognitive, and more

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