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Why Free Will Is Real

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2020.05.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christian List, Why Free Will Is Real, Harvard University Press, 2019, 215pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674979581. Reviewed by Peter A. Graham, University of Massachusetts Amherst In this book Christian List sets his sights high indeed: he aims not only to argue for the compatibility of free will and determinism, but also to argue for the reality of free will in the actual world. He goes about doing this by arguing that the three most substantial challenges to the actual existence of free will can be met. According to List, free will is a three-part capacity, requiring intentional agency, alternative possibilities, and causal control. These three requirements he takes to be necessary and sufficient for a being's having free will in the sense that matters to us when we wonder whether we ourselves have free will. More particularly, List sets out three theses which he contends must... Read More

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