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The Counterfactual Theory of Free Will


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Do we have free will? This question has puzzled reflective minds for ages, but has become far more pressing in this era of deterministic cognitive science, which challenges consciousness itself. In this book, the author follows the lead of philosopher of mind David Chalmers, who distinguished “hard” and “easy” problems of consciousness, rejecting metaphysical puzzles as “hard” and embracing practical ones that involve identifying causal/functional relations between consciousness and brain/behavioral states as “easy”. Repetti argues that the “easy problem of autonomy” may be resolved by applying deterministic (causal/counterfactual) criteria to Harry Frankfurt''s "hierarchical" model of free will as volitional/metavolitional accord. Informed by the Buddhist (and Lockean) intuition that reflection on volition is liberating, the resulting “metacausal” account handles several objections to determinism-compatible accounts (e.g., the Consequence, Manipulation, and Impossibility arguments), and provides an error theory for libertarian, Cartesian, and other inflated intuitions. This work should interest everyone concerned with the problems of free will, determinism, and compatibilism.

Product Specifications
SKU :COC16426
AuthorRick Repetti
Number of Pages300
Publishing Year7/19/2010
Edition1 st
Book TypePhilosophy
Country of ManufactureIndia
Product BrandLAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Product Packaging InfoBox
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