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Essays on Freedom of Action (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Ted Honderich


216 pages

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Essays on Freedom of Action, first published in 1973, brings together original papers by contemporary British and American philosophers on questions which have long concerned philosophers and others: the question of whether persons are wholly a part of the natural world and their actions the necessary effects of causal processes, and the question of whether our actions are free, and such that we can be held responsible for them, even if they are the necessary effects of casual processes. This volume will be of interest not only to those who are primarily concerned with philosophy but also to students in those many other disciplines in which freedom and determinism arise as problems.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Freedom in the early philosophy of J. –P. Sartre Mary Warnock 2. Hampshire on freedom John Watling 3. Towards a reasonable libertarianism David Wiggins 4.Coercion and moral responsibility Harry G. Frankfurt 5. Freedom, spontaneity and indifference Anthony Kenny 6. Rational explanation of actions and psychological determinism David Pears 7. Freedom to act Donald Davidson 8. Mechanism and responsibility D. C. Dennett 9. One determinism Ted Honderich

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Free Will & Determinism