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Freedom from Necessity

The Metaphysical Basis of Responsibility, 1st Edition

By Bernard Berofsky


242 pages

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This book, first published in 1987, is about the classic free will problem, construed in terms of the implications of moral responsibility. The principal thesis is that the core issue is metaphysical: can scientific laws postulate objectively necessary connections between an action and its causal antecedents? The author concludes they cannot, and that, therefore, free will and determinism can be reconciled.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Concept of Moral Responsibility 3. Causal and Moral Responsibility 4. Intention and Moral Responsibility 5. Addiction 6. Power 7. Contingent Responsibility 8. Laws As Necessary Truths 9. The Regularity Theory of Laws 10. Autonomy 11. Responsibility and Psychological Theory

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