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A Metaphysics for Freedom

Helen Steward


A Metaphysics for Freedom outlines the case for the view that agency itself—and not merely the special, distinctively human variety of it—is incompatible with determinism. It argues that determinism is threatened just as surely by the existence of powers which can be unproblematically accorded to many sorts of animals, as by the distinctively human powers of action on which the free will debate has tended to focus. A tendency to approach the question of free will solely through the issue of moral responsibility has obscured the fact that there is a quite different route to incompa ... More

Keywords: free will, determinism, moral responsibility, agency, action, animals, libertarianism, causation, freedom, incompatibilism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Steward, author
University of Leeds