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Free Will (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) [Paperback]

by Gary Watson
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March 27, 2003 019925494X 978-0199254941 2
The new edition of this highly successful text will once again provide the ideal introduction to free will. This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic of free will during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work.

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"Excellent anthology!"--James Coley, University of North Carolina, Greensboro


"An excellent collection."--Susan Sauve, Harvard University


"Excellent--exactly what I need for my free will course."--George B. Thomas, University of Virginia


"Outstanding and much needed."--Don Garrett, University of Utah


"An excellent collection of recent work on the ever-perplexing issues of mechanism and free will."--Lynne Rudder Baker, Middlebury College


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Gary Watson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (March 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019925494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199254941
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't overestimate a simple textbook October 14, 2004
It is easy to overestimate a book from Oxford University Press with the brief title "Free Will." One is inclined to think that this will describe all of the in's and out's of the ancient and fascinating problem. Though a little reflection ought to make clear that no book of 450-odd pages could ever do justice to the task, it is still an impression that is hard to shake.

Be advised that is a textbook--it is meant to introduce particular subject matter to students. It is not an introduction to the problem of free will and it is not a solution to the problem of free will. Just as the back cover states: "This volume brings together some of the most influential contributions to the topic...[made] during the past 50 years, as well as some notable recent work." This means three things:

1. The essays are those mainstream academic philosophers consider to be the most influential essays published on the subject since World War II, as well as a few that the editor thought would be interesting to throw in.

2. These essays are collected so that it is relatively cheap and easy to get at them. Few would be willing to dig through The Proceedings of the British Academy from 1962, for example. Still others of these essays could not be obtained in print anywhere else, such as Chisholm's and Watson's excellent introduction.

3. Expect only passing reference to ancient, Medieval, Enlightenment, and "Continental" treatment of the question. Remember that this is coming from from Anglophones, who do not generally read contemporary philosophy from outside their world.

Once one understands these limitations, one can appreciate the book for what it is: an engaging, informative, and very useful introduction to a cross-section of the free will debate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Volume December 13, 2013
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Great volume. The exclusion of Pereboom's Determinism Al Dente is still puzzling me. But overall a great anthology for the field. I hope a new edition will come and somehow making essays in this book more systematic and topical.
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The selection of essays is standard; the production standards of the book are low. Since the first edition, Oxford University Press has transferred this title to digital printing, which means that the book's typeface is 'dirty' and of fax quality. As this is a mere reprint (of the aforementioned bad technical quality) it also does not contain any new writing on the problem of free will. This books is not good value for money; most of the classic papers can be found in other anthologies, such as the one in the Hackett series, while the more recent ones reflect a biased perspective from 15 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compatibilism January 22, 2013
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Some of the terminology is a bit dated but as long as you understand how the writers use certain words, this book is well organized and has great articles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition November 2, 2010
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I got this for a paper and it was extremely useful. The shipper was fast to send and the condition was perfect.
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