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Free Will: Sourcehood and Its Alternatives (Kevin Timpe) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2008) 9780826496256
Free Will: Sourcehood and Its Alternatives (Kevin Timpe) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2008) 9780826496256
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Title: Free Will: Sourcehood and Its Alternatives

Author: Timpe, Kevin

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826496256

Volumes: 1; Pages: 176

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Much contemporary scholarship on free will focuses on whether it is compatible with causal determinism. According to compatibilists, it is possible for an agent to be determined in all her choices and actions and still be free. Incompatibilists, on the other hand, think that the existence of free will is incompatible with the truth of determinism. There are two dominant general conceptions of the nature of free will. According to the first of these, free will is primarily a function of being able to do otherwise than one in fact does. On this view, free will centrally depends upon alternative possibilities. The second approach focuses instead on issues of sourcehood, holding that free will is primarily a function of an agent being the source of her actions in a particular way. This book demarcates these two different conceptions free will, explores the relationship between them, and examines how they relate to the debate between compatibilists and incompatibilists. It ultimately argues for a version of Source Incompatibilism.

Table Of Contents

Part I. Introducing the Issues

1. The Basics

Part II. Alternative Possibilities

2. The Debate Over the Ability to Do Otherwise

3. The Dilemma Defense

4. The Flicker Strategy

Part III. The Importance of Sourcehood

5. Sourcehood as Compatible with Determinism

6. Sourcehood and Incompatibilism

7. Sourcehood and Alternative Possibilities

Bibliography

Index

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