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Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will

Timothy O'Connor

Abstract

PERSONS AND CAUSES investigates the nature of freedom of action, or ‘metaphysical’ freedom, which is generally supposed to be a necessary condition on moral responsibility. The author develops a version of the Consequence Argument for the incompatibility of freedom with causal determinism. The bulk of the work is then devoted to giving a philosophical analysis of what must be true for human agents to act freely. He defends the coherence of the notion of agent causation, a metaphysically primitive form of causality uniquely exercised by persons, alternately drawing upon and criticizing earlier ... More

Keywords: action, agency, causation, determinism, emergence, explanation, free will, incompatibilism, intention, metaphysics, moral responsibility, reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019515374X.001.0001

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Timothy O'Connor, author
Indiana University
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