Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates

2015.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Palmer, Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates, Oxford University Press, 2014, 235pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Palmer, Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates, Oxford University Press, 2014, 235pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199860081.   Reviewed by Philip Swenson, Rutgers University This collection focuses on issues, relevant to libertarianism, about free will and moral responsibility. Libertarianism is the view that (a) agents are sometimes free and morally responsible and (b) free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with causal determinism. The essays all interact with aspects of Robert Kane's highly influential libertarian account. Kane contributes an essay responding to the rest of the volume. The essays are of high quality, and many of the main players in the debate are represented. After an introduction by David Palmer, Carl Ginet kicks things off by critiquing Kane's event-causal account of free will and defending a rival non-causal account. On Kane's view, being directly morally. . .

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