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Free will : a philosophical reappraisal

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a reassessment of free will and, as such, seeks to answer the question: Do humans ever act under the guidance of the will? To determine if humans have free will, this book first examines  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Rescher
ISBN: 9781412808743 141280874X
OCLC Number: 229035393
Description: xiii, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The nature of free will. Requirements of freedom: preeminently deliberation ; Free will requires the absence of thought-external ; Determination over choices and decisions ; Choice and decision are crucial ; Doing and trying ; Free action and agent causality --
Modes of freedom. Metaphysical and moral freedom ; Moral freedom is removed by manipulation and especially by compulsion ; Intention and moral standing ; Moral freedom of the will involves agent intent and motivation --
Ramifications of freedom. Free will requires up-to-the-end revisability but this does not gainsay probabilistic predictability ; Issues of revision and control ; The counterfactual dimension: "could have done otherwise" ; Problem cases: machines and lunatics --
Free will as outside causality but compatible with it. Averting the zenonic fallacy of casual regression ; Averting predetermination (contrasting predetermination with precedence determination) ; The crucial contrast between events and eventuations --
Choices and decisions as terminating eventuations ; Free will stands outside the stream of natural causality ; On freedom and causality --
Free will excludes predeterminism but not motive determinism. Motivational determinism vs. casual necessitation ; Motivations and motives ; Freedom from what? certainly not from one's own motives and reasons: freedom demands motivational determination ; Free will requires motivational determinism ; Determination by one's autonomous motives is the crux of moral freedom ; Compulsion vs. impulsion ; Objections to motive determinism can be met --
Freedom and motivation. Must an agent choose his motives for a decision to qualify (morally) as free? ; Freedom does not require motivational self-construction ; Does freedom require self-understanding? ; On willing to will: does freedom require the will to be self-endorsing? ; Does freedom require the approval of intellect and reason? ; Does freedom require self-approved motives? ; Buridan's ass: a random willfulness is not freedom --
Compatibilism regains: what free will excludes is not agent determination but gant-bypassing nature determination. The explanation of free acts through agent determination ; Freedom, responsibility, and "could have done otherwise" ; Reasons and motives impel but do not compel ; Compatibilism again --
Mind-matter partnership. A two-sided coin ; The issue of initiative ; A pivotal duality ; Mind-brain interaction works by coordination not by causality --
Does free will exist? deliberations pro and con. On evidentiating free will ; Is free will unscientific? ; So does science counter-indicate free will? ; Free-will naturalism and evolution.
Responsibility: Nicholas Rescher.
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