Aspects of Agency: Decisions, Abilities, Explanations, and Free Will

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The libertarian theory of free will combines a negative thesis and a positive thesis. The negative thesis is that free will is incompatible with determinism. The positive thesis is that there are actions that involve exercises of free will---'free actions, ' for short. While remaining neutral
on this negative thesis, Aspects of Agency develops a detailed version of the positive thesis that represents paradigmatically free actions as indeterministically caused by their proximal causes and pays special attention to decisions so instigated. The bulk of Mele's work is a masterful defense of
a positive libertarian thesis against objections to theses of its kind. Aspects of Agency includes solutions to problems about luck and control that are widely discussed in the literature on free will and moral responsibility. The seven chapters on free will are preceded by an introductory chapter
and three chapters on central issues in the philosophy of action that bear on standard treatments of free will: deciding to act, agents' abilities, and commitments of a causal theory of action explanation.
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ISBN-13: 9780190659974
ISBN-10: 0190659971
Pagini: 264
Dimensiuni: 174 x 243 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.48 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Al Mele's impressive new book features his most recent contributions to the philosophy of agency and free will. Several of the early chapters set out the key notions in philosophy of action relevant to the free will debate, and they do so with unsurpassed lucidity. Participants in the free will debate will find this material valuable for clarifying their own thinking and writing... the book as a whole is another excellent contribution of Mele's to our understandingof agency and free will.

Notă biografică

Alfred Mele is the author of nine previous OUP books and over 200 articles. He directed the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-2013) and is currently the director of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Project.