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Free Will and Epistemology: A Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom

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2020.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Lockie, Free Will and Epistemology: A Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom, Bloomsbury, 2018, 303pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350123137. Reviewed by Stephen Kearns, Florida State University Robert Lockie offers us a transcendental argument for free will. In particular, he argues that "we could not be epistemically justified in undermining a strong notion of free will, as a strong notion of free will would be required for any such process of undermining to be itself epistemically justified." (p. 5) The first half of the book concerns itself with arguing for a certain internalist epistemological outlook, and the second with how such an outlook provides us with an argument for free will. Lockie's strong notion of free will is libertarian -- that is, he conceives of free will as being incompatible with determinism. This conception of free will makes the book ambitious indeed -- Lockie does not simply employ the phrase... Read More

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