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Free Will : Focus Series - Laura Ekstrom

Free Will

Focus Series

Paperback Published: 12th January 2000
ISBN: 9780813390932
Number Of Pages: 251

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In this comprehensive new study of human free agency, Laura Waddell Ekstrom critically surveys contemporary philosophical literature and provides a novel account of the conditions for free action. Ekstrom argues that incompatibilism concerning free will and causal determinism is true and thus the right account of the nature of free action must be indeterminist in nature. She examines a variety of libertarian approaches, ultimately defending an account relying on indeterministic causation among events and appealing to agent causation only in a reducible sense. Written in an engaging style and incorporating recent scholarship, this study is critical reading for scholars and students interested in the topics of motivation, causation, responsibility, and freedom. In broadly covering the important positions of others along with its exposition of the author's own view, "Free Will" provides both a significant scholarly contribution and a valuable text for courses in metaphysics and action theory.

Prefacep. ix
The Problem of Human Freedomp. 1
Skepticism Regarding Free Willp. 3
A Fundamental Source of Difficultyp. 4
The Significance of Free Willp. 6
Challenges to Free Willp. 14
Notesp. 18
Arguments for Incompatibilismp. 21
Alternative Possibilitiesp. 21
The Compatibility Questionp. 23
Simple Arguments for Incompatibilismp. 24
Detailed Argumentsp. 28
Compatibilist Repliesp. 37
Conclusionp. 51
Notesp. 52
Compatibilist Arguments and Free Will Accountsp. 55
Positive Arguments for Compatibilismp. 56
Incompatibilist Repliesp. 64
Compatibilist Conceptions of Freedomp. 70
New Directionsp. 77
Notesp. 79
Varieties of Libertarianismp. 81
Libertarianism and Indeterminismp. 83
Competing Incompatibilist Accounts: T-1, A-C, and T-3 Theoriesp. 86
Undefeated Authorization of Preferencep. 106
Challenges to the Proposed Indeterminist Model of Free Agencyp. 116
Notesp. 129
The Concept of Moral Responsibilityp. 139
The Function of Moral Responsibility Ascriptionsp. 142
Accounts of Moral Responsibilityp. 153
Conclusionp. 173
Notesp. 174
Responsibility and Alternative Possibilitiesp. 181
The Principle of Alternative Possibilitiesp. 182
The Failure of Frankfurt-Type Cases to Show the Falsity of PAPp. 191
Why PAP Is Falsep. 200
Incompatibilism Without PAPp. 204
Conclusionp. 213
Notesp. 214
Referencesp. 221
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780813390932
ISBN-10: 0813390931
Series: Focus Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 12th January 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1