Chapter

Decision and Free Will

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Decision and Free Will

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This chapter focuses on chance, deliberation, and decision. It explains various kinds of deliberation and examines what is involved in the familiar process of deliberation. Responsibility is another topic to be discussed in the context of decision. It is incorrect to assert that responsibility requires determinism. Using branched alternatives, and the concept of decision, an indeterministic account of responsibility can be constructed which accords with our intuitions as well as, or better than, any other account. The metaphysics of the branched model provides a framework for the conceiving of human beings, or indeed of any agent with similar powers of deliberation and decision, as free and responsible individuals.

Keywords: decision; free will; deliberation; responsibility; causal theory of action; determinism

Chapter.  13630 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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