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Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Libertarian Accounts of Free Will - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195306422

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ISBN13: 978-0195306422
ISBN10: 0195306422
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Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2003
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Libertarian Accounts of Free Will - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195306422

Clarke

ISBN13: 978-0195306422
ISBN10: 0195306422
Cover type:
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

This comprehensive study offers a balanced assessment of libertarian accounts of free will. Bringing to bear recent work on action, causation, and causal explanation, Clarke defends a type of event-causal view from popular objections concerning rationality and diminished control. He subtly explores the extent to which event-causal accounts can secure the things for the sake of which we value free will, judging their success here to be limited. Clarke then sets out a highly originalagent-causal account, one that integrates agent causation and nondeterministic event causation. He defends this view from a number of objections but argues that we should find the substance causation required by any agent-causal account to be impossible. Clarke concludes that if a broad thesis ofincompatibilism is correct--one on which both free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with determinism--then no libertarian account is entirely adequate.

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