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Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates

David Palmer


According to the libertarian position on free will and moral responsibility, people sometimes exercise free will and are morally responsible for what they do, but this freedom and responsibility is incompatible with the truth of causal determinism. Frequently maligned within the history of philosophy, this view has recently gained increasingly sympathetic attention among philosophers. But stark questions remain: How plausible is this view? If our actions are not casually determined, how can we have control over them? Why should we want our actions to be breaks in the deterministic causal chain ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, free will, moral responsibility, libertarianism, incompatibilism, determinism, Robert Kane

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860081
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Palmer, editor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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