Academic journal article TCA Journal

Free Will: Readings in Philosophy

Academic journal article TCA Journal

Free Will: Readings in Philosophy

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Up from the grave! Lazarus will simply not stay dead. Once declared by some members of the American Psychological Association as the ghost of times past that had been theoretically exorcised and laid permanently to rest, the age-old philosophical controversy concerning the definition and very existence of free will continues to materialize. One example of the current exegetical apparition can be seen in Free Will, part of the Hackett Readings in Philosophy series.

Derk Pereboom, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont, edited Free Will and wrote the introduction. Written and compiled for thinking persons in all academic disciplines, this book proposes to be a unique anthology that features both historical and contemporary contributions to the dispute over free will. Readings include thoughtful positions along the continuum of the debate, and includes discussions of the logical consequence of free will, moral responsibility.

In the introduction, Pereboom begins by giving an overview of the problems associated with various views of free will and determinism in relation to the idea of moral responsibility. He further provides a useful theoretical categorization of viewpoints under the headings of incompatibilism and compatibilism and uses these categories as a framework for the selection of readings.

In this book, incompatibilism is defined as the belief that determinism is not compatible with the type of free will that is required for the existence of moral responsibility. …

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