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Four Views on Free Will (Great Debates in Philosophy) Kindle Edition

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?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.? ( Metaphilosophy , January 2009)

"There is no better introduction to the debate available. This is a book that will be read with profit by anyone who opens it, specialist or newcomer." Neil Levy, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"Four Views on Free Will is an excellent introduction to the current debate regarding one of the most seductive of the perennial topics in philosophy. It is an especially welcome addition to Blackwell's "Great Debates in Philosophy" series. The goal is the presentation of a considerably more dialogical and engaging introduction to the main issues in an important domain of philosophical inquiry than can typically be achieved in a standard monograph. Four Views succeeds admirably in achieving this worthwhile goal." Daniel Speak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"This gem of a book provides a wonderfully accessible introduction to the free will debate by leading proponents of four major views, as well as a front row seat to a dynamic, up-to-the minute philosophical conversation."
Dana Nelkin, University of California at San Diego

"This four-way debate is a fine addition to the Great Debates in Philosophy series. Four Views on Free Will is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses on free will."
Alfred R. Mele, Florida State University

?The four main essays are clearly written and argued, and the shorter articles are very useful as illustrations of how philosophers debate. Highly recommended.?
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"There is no better introduction to the debate available. This is a book that will be read with profit by anyone who opens it, specialist or newcomer."
Neil Levy, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"Four Views on Free Will is an excellent introduction to the current debate regarding one of the most seductive of the perennial topics in philosophy. It is an especially welcome addition to Blackwell's "Great Debates in Philosophy" series. The goal is the presentation of a considerably more dialogical and engaging introduction to the main issues in an important domain of philosophical inquiry than can typically be achieved in a standard monograph. Four Views succeeds admirably in achieving this worthwhile goal."
Daniel Speak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This gem of a book provides a wonderfully accessible introduction to the free will debate by leading proponents of four major views, as well as a front row seat to a dynamic, up-to-the minute philosophical conversation."
–Dana Nelkin, University of California at San Diego

"This four-way debate is a fine addition to the Great Debates in Philosophy series. Four Views on Free Will is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses on free will."
–Alfred R. Mele, Florida State University


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  • File Size: 1999 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002M3SV9K
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By S on October 23, 2010
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This slim volume serves as a fantastic introduction to the problems in philosophy on the subject of free will. What is unique about this book is that it gives equal weight to four different theories: libertarianism, compatibilism, incompatibilism, and revisionism. These are hardly the only four theories out there, but they are definitely the most important and the most seriously considered options.

After the four theorists are done laying out their case for their preferred view, there are chapters where each philosopher responds to the claims the others have made. This structure is important because it enables the reader to understand why a philosopher might believe a certain view without the reader himself believing it. This knowledgeable stance is vital to communicating the problems of moral responsibility and free will in an academic setting.
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Each of the four essays primary essays in this book provide very clear and concise introductions to their respective views of free will. The essays are written so as to be quite approachable to those who are not well-steeped in the contemporary free will debates; and it is also quite useful for those who do study free will, in that it provides a cursory overview of the key points of each view. This book would be perfect for an upper-division Metaphysics course, which covers free will and moral responsibility. Highly recommended.
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Great introduction by four of the top philosophers working on free will. Although it would probably help to have an introductory philosophy class under your belt, the authors do a wonderful job of explaining their views in a jargon-free and accessible way. Each participant explores what they take to be the main source of conflict in the free will debate, then go on to explain why their particular view is the most plausible.

I would recommend Robert Kane's "A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will" first to get a solid introduction to the debate, then dive into this book.
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I agree with all the comments regarding this book. It is a great door to enter through when beginning one's journey into the understanding of the debate on freewill.

However, in my opinion, the most important view is by Professor Vargas, whom Amazon does not list as an author. He is the author of the section on revisionism, and has an entirely fresh take on moral responsibility.

5 stars.
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