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A Model of the UniverseSpace-Time, Probability, and Decision$
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Storrs McCall

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.001.0001

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Decision and Free Will

Decision and Free Will

(p.250) 9 Decision and Free Will
A Model of the Universe

Storrs McCall

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on chance, deliberation, and decision. It explains various kinds of deliberation and examines what is involved in the familiar process of deliberation. Responsibility is another topic to be discussed in the context of decision. It is incorrect to assert that responsibility requires determinism. Using branched alternatives, and the concept of decision, an indeterministic account of responsibility can be constructed which accords with our intuitions as well as, or better than, any other account. The metaphysics of the branched model provides a framework for the conceiving of human beings, or indeed of any agent with similar powers of deliberation and decision, as free and responsible individuals.

Keywords:   decision, free will, deliberation, responsibility, causal theory of action, determinism

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