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Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Randolph Clarke

Abstract

Libertarian accounts of free will face objections that the indeterminism they require would leave behavior random, inexplicable, and beyond agents’ control. This book examines three main types of libertarian views—noncausal, event-causal, and agent-causal—to see how well they can meet such challenges. Noncausal accounts are found not to offer satisfactory views of action and reason-explanation. Event-causal and agent-causal accounts are defended against a number of objections. But if both free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with determinism, then there is no adequate account of ... More

Keywords: action, agent-causation, causation, control, determinism, explanation, free will, incompatibilism, indeterminism, libertarianism, moral responsibility, reason-explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195159875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/019515987X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randolph Clarke, author
University of Georgia
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