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Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life

Derk Pereboom


According to the position the book defends, we would not be morally responsible in the key basic-desert sense at issue in the free will debate if determinism were true, but we would also lack this kind of moral responsibility if indeterminism were true and the causes of our actions were exclusively states or events. It’s open that if we were undetermined agent-causes—if we as substances had the power to cause decisions without being causally determined to cause them—we would have this kind of free will. But although our being undetermined agent causes has not been ruled out as a coherent possi ... More

Keywords: free will skepticism, moral responsibility, basic desert, libertarianism, compatibilism, rational deliberation, meaning in life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685516
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685516.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derk Pereboom, author
Cornell University