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Free Will (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) Paperback – 28 Oct 1982

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Notations edition (28 Oct. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198750544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198750543
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent anthology!"--James Coley, University of North Carolina, Greensboro"An excellent collection."--Susan Sauve, Harvard University"Excellent--exactly what I need for my free will course."--George B. Thomas, University of Virginia"Outstanding and much needed."--Don Garrett, University of Utah"An excellent collection of recent work on the ever-perplexing issues of mechanism and free will."--Lynne Rudder Baker, Middlebury College

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A very clear but at the same time, detailed account of the issues of Free Will.
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This is really worth a look for anybody interested in the topic, and has some fascinating elements - the contribution from Dennett is indespensible.
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HASH(0x91a28f24) out of 5 stars Has some very good essays 18 Feb. 2002
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Freedom and determinism is one of the most troubling questions in philosophy, since if determinism is both true and incompatible with moral responsibility, nothing is unethical. The class I took on this topic was one of the most challenging courses in college, and this book has a great range of authors who provided some inventive and challenging views on this. I'm particularly interested in P. Strawson's essay in this book, where he claims that responsibility does not depend on freedom at all, and Nagel's essay on moral luck, where he talks about how people in different times in history have greater moral decisions to make than other people, and how this impinges on our freedom (e.g., someone in Nazi Germany has greater burdens than someone in America in the 1980s). The reading is provoking, and brings to mind Socrates' statement that he was the wisest of men because he alone knew that he knew nothing. I highly recommend this book.
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HASH(0x91a79e28) out of 5 stars Free Will by Gary Watson 5 Jan. 2000
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In Free Will, Watson has brought together an astonishing collection of essays by some of this century's most insightful philosophers. Included are essays by such respected names as Norman Malcolm, A.J. Ayer, Peter Strawson, Daniel C. Dennett, etc. These essays do a wonderful job of bringing to light the problems of free will and determinism, and illustrate many different positions on the subject. If these issues interest you, you must read this book. I couldn't put it down, and when I finished I read it again!
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HASH(0x91a79894) out of 5 stars Very compact introductory reading for free will 9 Feb. 2012
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This book is first edition.
Second edition increase pages.
First edition is more compact than second one and easy to hold in hands.
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