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Naturally Free Action

Oisín Deery


Do we have free will? This book argues that the answer to that question is “yes,” by showing how the concept of free will refers to many actual behaviors, and how free actions are a natural kind. Additionally, the book addresses the role of phenomenology in fixing the reference of the concept, and argues that free-agency phenomenology is typically accurate, even if determinism is true. The result is a realist, naturalistic framework for theorizing about free will, according to which free will exists and we act freely. For the most part, this verdict is reached independently of addressing the c ... More

Keywords: Free will, moral responsibility, free actions, natural kinds, phenomenology, naturalism, compatibilism, determinism, revisionism, artificially intelligent agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oisín Deery, author
Lecturer and ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney

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