Some Neglected Pathways in the Free Will Labyrinth

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

Some Neglected Pathways in the Free Will Labyrinth


This article shows how a teleological intelligibility account of free will might be reconciled with modern conceptions of human beings in the natural and human sciences. It also addresses the Compatibility Question in addition to the Intelligibility Question, suggesting a novel route to incompatibilism that avoids direct appeals to alternative possibilities and the Consequence Argument, relying instead on a notion of “ultimate responsibility”.

Keywords: teleological intelligibility; free will; incompatibilism; alternative possibilities; Consequence Argument; ultimate responsibility; Compatibility Question; Intelligibility Question

Article.  16134 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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