Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

By: Maureen Eckert (editor), Steven M. Cahn (editor)Paperback

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The book Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, published in 2010 by Columbia University Press, presented David Foster Wallace's challenge to Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In this anthology, notable philosophers engage directly with that work and assess Wallace's reply to Taylor as well as other aspects of Wallace's thought. With an introduction by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert, this collection includes essays by William Hasker (Huntington University), Gila Sher (University of California, San Diego), Marcello Oreste Fiocco (University of California, Irvine), Daniel R. Kelly (Purdue University), Nathan Ballantyne (Fordham University), Justin Tosi (University of Arizona), and Maureen Eckert. These thinkers explore Wallace's philosophical and literary work, illustrating remarkable ways in which his philosophical views influenced and were influenced by themes developed in his other writings, both fictional and nonfictional. Together with Fate, Time, and Language, this critical set unlocks key components of Wallace's work and its traces in modern literature and thought.

About Author

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written or edited some fifty books, including Fate, Logic, and Time; God, Reason, and Religion; Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia; and From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor. Maureen Eckert is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She teaches courses in a variety of areas, including ancient Greek philosophy, logical paradoxes, and free will. With Steven M. Cahn, she edited Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will.


Introduction, by Steven M. Cahn and Maureen Eckert 1. David Foster Wallace and the Fallacies of "Fatalism," by William Hasker 2. Wallace, Free Choice, and Fatalism, by Gila Sher 3. Fatalism and the Metaphysics of Contingency, by M. Oreste Fiocco 4. Fatalism, Time Travel, and System J, by Maureen Eckert 5. David Foster Wallace as American Hedgehog, by Daniel R. Kelly 6. David Foster Wallace on the Good Life, by Nathan Ballantyne and Justin Tosi List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231161534
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780231161534
  • ISBN10: 0231161530

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