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A unique anthology featuring contributions to the dispute over free will from Aristotle to the twenty-first century, Derk Pereboom's volume presents the most thoughtful positions taken in this crucial debate and discusses their consequences for free will's traditional corollary, moral responsibility.
The Second Edition retains the organizational structure that made its predecessor the leading anthology of its kind, while adding major new selections by such philosophers as Spinoza, Reid, John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Galen Strawson, and Timothy O'Connor.
Hackett Readings in Philosophy is a versatile series of compact anthologies, each devoted to a topic of traditional interest. Selections include classical, modern, and contemporary writings chosen for their elegance of exposition and success at stimulating thought and discussion.
Comments on the First Edition:
"The historical material is valuable, and Pereboom has a fine sense of what's central in recent and contemporary work. I know I'll return to this important anthology often!"
—George Sher, Rice University
"An excellent selection of pieces from classical antiquity, papers that are classics from the twentieth-century discussion, and recent papers that are moving the discussion forward right now. Bravo!"
—Anthony Dardis, Hofstra University
Derk Pereboom is Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University.
1. Aristotle, from the Nicomachean Ethics
2. The Stoics, from various sources
3. Lucretius, from On the Nature of Things
4. Augustine, from On Free Choice of the Will
5. Aquinas, from the Summa Theologica
6. Benedict Spinoza, from the Ethics
7. David Hume, from A Treatise of Human Nature
8. David Hume, from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
9. Immanuel Kant, from the Critique of Pure Reason
10. Immanuel Kant, from the Critique of Practical Reason
11. Thomas Reid, from Essays on the Active Powers of Man
12. A. J. Ayer, "Freedom and Necessity"
13. P. F. Strawson, "Freedom and Resentment"
14. Roderick Chisholm, "Human Freedom and the Self"
15. Harry Frankfurt, "Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility"
16. Harry Frankfurt, "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person"
17. Peter van Inwagen, "The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism"
18. Susan Wolf, "Asymmetrical Freedom"
19. John Martin Fischer, "My Compatibilism"
20. Robert Kane, "Free Will: New Foundations for an Ancient Problem"
21. Galen Strawson, "The Impossibility of Ultimate Moral Responsibility"
22. Derk Pereboom, "Determinism al Dente"
23. Randolph Clarke, from "Agent Causation and Event Causation in the Production of Free Action"
24. Timothy O'Connor, "Agent-Causal Power"