Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

By: Randolph Clarke (author)Hardback

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This comprehensive study offers a balanced assessment of libertarian accounts of free will. Bringing to bear recent work on action, causation, and causal explanation, Clarke defends a type of event-causal view from popular objections concerning rationality and diminished control. He subtly explores the extent to which event-causal accounts can secure the things for the sake of which we value free will, judging their success here to be limited. Clarke then sets out a highly original agent-causal account, one that integrates agent causation and nondeterministic event causation. He defends this view from a number of objections but argues that we should find the substance causation required by any agent-causal account to be impossible. Clarke concludes that if a broad thesis of incompatibilism is correct-one on which both free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with determinism-then no libertarian account is entirely adequate.

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Contents

Introduction ; Conclusion ; References ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/12/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780195306422
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780195306422
  • weight: 403
  • ISBN10: 0195306422

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