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Bound: Essays on free will and responsibility

Shaun Nichols


The problem of free will arises from ordinary, commonsense reflection. This book examines these ordinary attitudes from a naturalistic perspective, drawing on experimental philosophy and cognitive science. It offers a psychological account of the origins of the problem of free will. According to this account the problem arises because of two naturally emerging ways of thinking about agency and the world, one of which makes determinism plausible while the other makes determinism implausible. Although contemporary cognitive science does not settle whether choices are determined, this book develo ... More

Keywords: free will, responsibility, agency, experimental philosophy, incompatibilism, eliminativism, indeterminism, punishment, debunking, retributivism

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Nichols, author
University of Arizona

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