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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Editor: Gregg D. Caruso
ISBN [Hardcover]: 978-0-7391-7731-0
ISBN [eBook]: 978-0-7391-7732-7
To Purchase: Amazon USA / Amazon UK / Amazon Franзais / Lexington Books [20% discount code: LEX20AUTH13]

Book Description

This book explores the philosophical and scientific arguments for free will skepticism and their implications. Skepticism about free will and moral responsibility has been on the rise in recent years. In fact, a significant number of philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists now either doubt or outright deny the existence of free will and/or moral responsibility—and the list of prominent skeptics appears to grow by the day. Given the profound importance that the concepts of free will and moral responsibility play in our lives—in understanding ourselves, society, and the law—it is important that we explore what is behind this new wave of skepticism. It is also important that we explore the potential consequences of skepticism for ourselves and society. This edited collection of new essays brings together an internationally recognized line-up of contributors, most of whom hold skeptical positions of some sort, to display and explore the leading arguments for free will skepticism and to debate their implications. It includes original contributions by Susan Blackmore, Thomas W. Clark, Mark Hallett, John-Dylan Haynes and Michael Pauen, Ted Honderich, Neil Levy, Thomas Nadelhoffer and Daniela Goya Tocchetto, Shaun Nichols, Derk Pereboom, Susan Pockett, Maureen Sie, Saul Smilansky, Galen Strawson, Manuel Vargas, Benjamin Vilhauer, and Bruce Waller.

About the Author

Gregg D. Caruso is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the humanities department at Corning Community College, SUNY. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (Lexington Books, 2012) and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Lexington Books, 2013). He works primarily on free will, consciousness, and human agency. [Website:]

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