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Personal AgencyThe Metaphysics of Mind and Action$
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E. J. Lowe

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217144.001.0001

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Rational Selves and Freedom of Action

Rational Selves and Freedom of Action

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(p.179) 9 Rational Selves and Freedom of Action
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217144.003.0010

This chapter develops an externalist account of reasons for action in more detail against familiar objections raised against such accounts by internalists and advocates of event-causal theories of intentional action. A libertarian substance-causal approach to the problem of free will is defended in depth against the charges that it reduces free actions to mere chance events and provides no intelligible account of agential control. Finally, it is argued that we are rationally committed to the truth of a libertarian account of rational free action.

Keywords:   causation, chance, choice, control, externalism, free will, intentional action, libertarianism, reasons for action

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