Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life

2014.09.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derk Pereboom, Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 219pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Derk Pereboom, Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 219pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199685516. Reviewed by David Shoemaker, Tulane University This is basically a new and improved version of Derk Pereboom's important Living Without Free Will (2001).  In the thirteen-year interval, his skepticism about free will has been the subject of lots of critical scrutiny (with over 600 citations). Pereboom has taken this scrutiny seriously, and in this book he lays out a refined version of his view designed to beat his critics back and expand the view in several ways. In many respects, he succeeds. It is hard to imagine a more rigorously defended articulation of free will skepticism. At the end of the day, there are still some avenues of resistance, but Pereboom has made it much harder for the non-skeptic to find them. Pereboom's version of skepticism is called hard incompatibilism,. . .

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