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Freedom from Necessity
The Metaphysical Basis of Responsibility





ISBN 9781138704862
Published December 11, 2018 by Routledge
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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