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Aspects of Agency: Decisions, Abilities, Explanations, and Free Will

Alfred R. Mele


Libertarianism about free will is the conjunction of a negative thesis and a positive thesis. The negative thesis is that free will is incompatible with determinism. The positive thesis is that there are actions that are or involve exercises of free will—free actions, for short. While remaining neutral of the negative thesis, this book develops a detailed version of the positive thesis that represents paradigmatically free actions as indeterministically caused by their proximal causes and pays special attention to decisions caused in this way. The bulk of the book is a defense of this thesis a ... More

Keywords: ability, agent causation, control, decision, explanation, free will, libertarianism, luck, moral responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190659974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190659974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University