Restorative Free Will: Back to the Biological Base

2016.01.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bruce N. Waller, Restorative Free Will: Back to the Biological Base, Lexington Books, 2015, 235pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.01.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bruce N. Waller, Restorative Free Will: Back to the Biological Base, Lexington Books, 2015, 235pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498522380. Reviewed by Gregg D. Caruso, SUNY Corning Bruce N. Waller has long been a fervent and outspoken critic of moral responsibility and the concept of just deserts (see Waller 1990, 2011, 2015). In his previous work, he has attempted to "destroy moral responsibility, drive a stake in its heart, and bury it at the crossroads" (viii). In Restorative Free Will, however, he sets out on a different task: to defend a provocative and original account of free will -- one which is naturalistic, non-miraculous, and liberated from the burden of justifying moral responsibility (something he still contends cannot be done). While I ultimately think Waller's account fails to preserve what is of central philosophical and practical importance in the historical debate, for reasons I will explain. . .

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