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Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility : Readings in Meta-Physics

Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility : Readings in Meta-Physics - 03 edition

Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility : Readings in Meta-Physics - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780130485175

ISBN10: 0130485179

Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility : Readings in Meta-Physics by Neil Campbell - ISBN 9780130485175
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
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Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility : Readings in Meta-Physics by Neil Campbell - ISBN 9780130485175

ISBN13: 9780130485175

ISBN10: 0130485179

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
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For courses in Freedom and Determinism, Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics, and as a supplemental text for Introduction to Philosophy.

This text introduces the central views and issues involved in the philosophical problem of free will--an area of high interest to undergraduate students. While the selections represent some of the most important works in the field, they are also accessible enough for students with very little background in philosophy. Both classical and contemporary readings are provided to give students a feel both for the history of the problem and how it is confronted by modern philosophers.


  • Recent works in the area included.
    • Helps students see the relevance of the material in today's world.
  • Less-obscure, influential writings included.
    • Introduces students to the works of prominent philosophers that have shaped philosophical debate.
  • Section-opening introductions--Provides more detailed explanations of subsequent readings than most texts.
    • Gives students a sense of the material they will need to master; enables professors to spend more time critically discussing material than explaining it.
  • Broad historical perspective--Brings together both classical and contemporary writings; is not restricted to the philosophical views of a particular century.
    • Allows instructors to spend less time filling students in on historical origins of key ideas; provides instructors with contemporary reactions to the material.
  • Presentation of diverse views on issues discussed.
    • Exposes students to different ways of thinking about the material; helps instructors compare alternative approaches and identify preferred methods to understanding key concepts.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Determinism.

Philosophical Essay on Probability, Pierre Simon De LaPlace. The Case for Determinism, Brand Blanshard. Fate, Richard Taylor. Darwinism and Determinism, Michael Ruse.

2. Freedom.

Has the Self Free Will? C.A. Campbell. The Freedom of the Will, John Stuart Mill. Being and Doing: Freedom, Jean-Paul Sartre. On the Absolute Freedom of the Will, Bernard Berofsky. Quantum Mechanics, Free Will, and Determinism, Henry Margenau.

3. Responsibility.

Conditions of Responsibility for Action, Aristotle. What Means This Freedom? John Hospers. Liberty and Necessity, David Hume. Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility, Harry Frankfurt.

4. Reconciliations.

Actions, Reasons, and Causes, Donald Davidson. Mental Events, Donald Davidson. Self-Understanding and Rationalizing Explanations, Jaegwon Kim. Decision, Choice, Prediction and the Voluntary, A.I. Melden.