Libertarian Free Will Contemporary Debates

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  • Copyright: 2014-10-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

David Palmer is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Tennessee. He specializes in ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of action. He has published on the topics of free will, moral responsibility, and applied ethics.

Table of Contents


1. Free will, libertarianism, and Kane
David Palmer

Part I: Libertarian Theories of Free Will

2. Can an indeterministic cause leave a choice up to the agent?
Carl Ginet
3. Free will and metaphysics
Timothy O'Connor

Part II: The Luck Objection

4. Kane, luck, and control: Trying to get by without too much effort
Alfred Mele
5. Toward a solution to the luck problem
John Martin Fischer

Part III: Incompatibilism and Omissions

6. Compatibilist ultimacy: Resisting the threat of Kane's U condition
Michael McKenna
7. The direct argument for incompatibilism
David Widerker and Ira M. Schnall
8. Freedom, responsibility, and omitting to act
Randolph Clarke

Part IV: The Significance of Free Will

9. Responsibility for emotions, alternative possibilities, and reasons
Ishtiyaque Haji
10. Moral responsibility, the reactive attitudes, and the significance of
(libertarian) free will
Dana Kay Nelkin
11. The dialectic of selfhood and the significance of free will
Derk Pereboom

Part V: Kane's Reply

12. New arguments in debates on libertarian free will: Responses to contributors
Robert Kane


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