Robert Kane: "Free Will & Selfhood: New Directions for an Ancient Problem"
Over the past four decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will according to which it requires that agents be ultimately responsible for the creation or formation of their own wills (characters and purposes). Such a view of free will is, I believe, an important part of what it means to be a self or person and to live a human life. My goal in this paper, as in past writings, is to explain how a free will of this traditional kind—which I argue is incompatible with determinism—can be reconciled with modern developments in the sciences and philosophy.
2008 July 16
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