Robert Kane

in The Significance of Free Will

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780195126563
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868506 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the broader philosophical and cultural implications of the ideas and theory of free will presented in this book. Topics discussed include: social and political freedoms, value pluralism, free will and the moral law (with comparisons to Kant's views), utopias and totalitarianism, behavioral engineering and control, the theories of American pragmatism, value empiricism, John Stuart Mill on liberty and happiness, the influence of birth and upbringing on freedom and responsibility, criminal responsibility, modernity and its discontents.

Keywords: behavioral engineering; criminal responsibility; empiricism; free will; liberty; modernity; moral law; pragmatism; utopia; value pluralism

Chapter.  11748 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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