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Free Will (Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy) 1st Edition

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"An immensely successful collection with an excellent editorial introduction, selected and composed by a major theorist on free will, and helpfully designed for classroom use. Three cheers for this Blackwell text!"
--George Graham, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Kane's Free Will is an outstanding collection. Maintaining accessibility without loss of sophistication or depth, this compilation – better than any other – gives us a clear sense of where we are and how we arrived at this point. Add Kane's articulate introduction and useful glossary and we have the best anthology on free will in the last 25 years."
--Mark Bernstein, University of Texas, San Antonio

"Free Will offers an evenhanded and compelling collection of articles. The collection is impressive for the quality, range, and accessibility of the essays included. Kane's perceptive introduction to the collection frames the free will debate in a fair and illuminating manner."
--Michael McKenna, Ithaca College

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"An immensely successful collection with an excellent editorial introduction, selected and composed by a major theorist on free will, and helpfully designed for classroom use. Three cheers for this Blackwell text!"
George Graham, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Kane's Free Will is an outstanding collection. Maintaining accessibility without loss of sophistication or depth, this compilation – better than any other – gives us a clear sense of where we are and how we arrived at this point. Add Kane's articulate introduction and useful glossary and we have the best anthology on free will in the last 25 years."
Mark Bernstein, University of Texas, San Antonio

"Free Will offers an evenhanded and compelling collection of articles. The collection is impressive for the quality, range, and accessibility of the essays included. Kane's perceptive introduction to the collection frames the free will debate in a fair and illuminating manner."
Michael McKenna, Ithaca College

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631221018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631221012
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,958,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Vance on October 10, 2005
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If you wanted to learn the basics about the philosophical debate surrounding free will, there are some great articles here. There are great examples of the different views and disagreements, including soft and hard determinism, libertarianism, agent causation, compatibilism, incompatibilism. If these terms are foreign, don't worry. This text illuminates the discussion in a very beginner-friendly way.
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Kane divides theories of free will into several distinct categories, according to their positions on determinism (D) and the possibility of free will (FW). A third central category discussed throughout the argument is the relationship of D and FW to moral responsibility (MR), but this category does not make it to Kane's categorical positions. A fourth and quite important part of the argument is the relationship of D and FW to consciousness (C). This is never discussed in the book.

Compatiblists (Co) believe D and FW could both be true. Most are soft-determinists who believe both D and FW are true. Incompatiblists (InCo) hold that D and FW cannot both be true. Libertarians (Li) are InCo's who believe FW is true and D is false. Hard determinists (HD) believe that (a) D implies not FW; (b) FW is false, whatever the status of D; and (c) some believe D is true, others are not so sure.

The deepest problem with this analysis is its assumption that FW means one thing and we must decide what that one thing is. But in my studies, I perceive at least three very different FW's. First, there is "scientific FW" (FWscientific) in which the issue of causal determinism is central. FWscientific deals with physics in depth, especially quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Second, there is "social FW" (FWsocial), which deals with the meaning of FW in everyday life and its relationship to moral responsibility. This view is well represented by Strawson and Wallace in the book. Third, there is "ethics-theory FW" (FWethical-theory) which is much like FWsocial, except that instead of asking how people actually use the terms FW and MR, asks how we ought to use these terms.

The problems and confusions emerge when philosophers ignore these distinctions.
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This is a very good introductory book to the contemporary debates on free will. I especially like the way it is organized-- clear introduction at the beginning of each selected article, thoughts-provoking questions pertained to the article, and a nice list of further reading suggestions at the end of each article. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about what contemporary philosophers think about this issue!
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By Abuyer on September 14, 2015
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not worth buying
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By JGLoo on October 29, 2014
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