Introduction: The Contours of Contemporary Free Will Debates

Robert Kane

in The Oxford Handbook of Free Will

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195178548
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Introduction: The Contours of Contemporary Free Will Debates

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This article describes the contours of contemporary free will debates and provides an overview of the topics in this volume. It considers the following issues: free will and conflicting views about persons; the determinist question and modern science; the compatibility question and arguments for incompatibilism; classical compatibilism; moral responsibility and alternative possibilities; new compatibilist approaches to freedom and responsibility; libertarian or incompatibilist theories of free will; hard determinism, successor views, and other nonstandard theories; neuroscience and free will; and theological determinism and fatalism.

Keywords: incompatibilism; compatibilism; moral responsibility; freedom; responsibility; determinism; neuroscience; fatalism

Article.  18439 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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