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A Pragmatic Approach to Libertarian Free Will

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2018.08.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Lemos, A Pragmatic Approach to Libertarian Free Will, Routledge, 2018, 184pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138498037. Reviewed by Kelly McCormick, Texas Christian University  John Lemos pursues three main theses: (1) compatibilism is false, (2) a Kanean libertarian view of free will is coherent, and (3) despite a lack of empirical evidence we should still believe that this kind of free will exists on purely moral grounds. Given the already vast literature devoted to defending and criticizing (1) and (2), the most original feature of the book lies with Lemos' defense of (3). While I take this argument to be open to serious criticism, I will first discuss what readers might take to be of interest in the earlier chapters of the book. First, in Chapters 2, 4 and 5 Lemos provides a clear articulation of... Read More

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