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Four Views on Free Will

Four Views on Free Will

John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom, Manuel Vargas

ISBN: 978-1-405-13486-6

Sep 2007

240 pages

In Stock

$45.95

Description

Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.

  • Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism
  • The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation
  • Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion
  • Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series
Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

A Brief Introduction to Some Terms and Concepts.

1. Libertarianism ((Robert Kane).

2. Compatibilism (John Martin Fischer).

3. Hard Incompatibilism (Derk Pereboom).

4. Revisionism (Manuel Vargas).

5. Response to Fischer, Pereboom, and Vargas (Robert Kane).

6. Response to Kane, Pereboom, and Vargas (John Martin Fischer).

7. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Vargas (Derk Pereboom).

8. Response to Kane, Fischer, and Pereboom (Manuel Vargas).

Bibliography.

Index.

?This book presents four recent positions on free will in a clear and accessible way, along with their authors? responses to each other?s position. The discussion carries the discussion of the free will problem forward, and moreover raises interesting metaphilosophical questions about the debate itself: Where is this debate going? Where might it go next? Where should it go next?? (Metaphilosophy, January 2009)

?Four Views on Free Will serves as an excellent introduction to many of the central issues in the contemporary free will and moral responsibility literature. It is very readable; the chapters are approachable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students, and it has a very helpful and thorough index for cross-referencing topics between the various chapters.? (Social Theory and Practice, April 2009)

?The four main essays are clearly written and argued, and the shorter articles are very useful as illustrations of how philosophers debate. Highly recommended.? (Choice Reviews)


  • A balanced and enlightening account of the major positions in the free will debate
  • Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism
  • The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation
  • Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion
  • Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series