Autonomy, the Will, and Freedom

Berent Enç

in How We Act

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256020
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602238 | DOI:
Autonomy, the Will, and Freedom

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Chapters 1 to 6 have developed and defended a naturalist and foundationalist causal theory of action. This chapter proposes to show that notions such as autonomy, voluntary acts, acting in accordance with one’s will, acting out of one’s free will, and freedom of agency do not require resources that presuppose anything about agents that is at odds with what the causal theorist admits.

Keywords: agency; autonomy; causal theory of action; Enç; foundationalism; freedom; naturalism; will

Chapter.  6979 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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