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La structure des théories physiques
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Year: 1951 Publisher: Paris: PUF,

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Determinism and freewill : a philosophical Inquiry concerning human liberty
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ISBN: 9024717760 9401013683 9789024717767 Year: 1976 Volume: 18 Publisher: The Hague Nijhoff


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Free : why science hasn't disproved free will
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ISBN: 0199371644 0190252421 0199371636 Year: 2015 Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press,

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Does free will exist? The question has fueled heated debates spanning from philosophy to psychology and religion. The answer has major implications, and the stakes are high. To put it in the simple terms that have come to dominate these debates, if we are free to make our own decisions, we are accountable for what we do, and if we aren't free, we're off the hook. There are neuroscientists who claim that our decisions are made unconsciously and are therefore outside of our control and social psychologists who argue that myriad imperceptible factors influence even our minor decisions to the exte


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Agency : moral identity and free will
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ISBN: 178374877X 1783748761 1783748753 9781783748778 9781783748785 1783748788 9781783748792 1783748796 9781783748808 178374880X Year: 2020 Publisher: Cambridge, England : Open Book Publishers,

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"There is agency in all we do: thinking, doing, or making. We invent a tune, play, or use it to celebrate an occasion. Or we make a conceptual leap and ask more abstract questions about the conditions for agency. They include autonomy and self-appraisal, each contested by arguments immersing us in circumstances we don't control. But can it be true we that have no personal responsibility for all we think and do? Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will proposes that deliberation, choice, and free will emerged within the evolutionary history of animals with a physical advantage: organisms having cell walls or exoskeletons had an internal space within which to protect themselves from external threats or encounters. This defense was both structural and active: such organisms could ignore intrusions or inhibit risky behavior. Their capacities evolved with time: inhibition became the power to deliberate and choose the manner of one's responses. Hence the ability of humans and some other animals to determine their reactions to problematic situations or to information that alters values and choices. This is free will as a material power, not as the conclusion to a conceptual argument. Having it makes us morally responsible for much we do. It prefigures moral identity. Closely argued but plainly written, Agency: Moral Identity and Free Will speaks for autonomy and responsibility when both are eclipsed by ideas that embed us in history or tradition. Our sense of moral choice and freedom is accurate. We are not altogether the creatures of our circumstances."--Publisher's website.

Puzzles for the will
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ISBN: 1282028464 9786612028465 1442678925 9781442678927 0802043267 9780802043269 Year: 1998 Publisher: Toronto University of Toronto Press

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"Issues of free will and determinism, with their far-reaching practical implications, hold a central place in the history of philosophy. In this book Jordan Howard Sobel looks at the many and varied approaches to this complex topic."--BOOK JACKET. "Sobel considers some problems for decision-making that arise if we grant the possibility that someone may be able to predict reliably what another agent will freely choose. Sobel's careful analysis lays a solid foundation for the study of free will and will interest all who are concerned with fated, determined, and predicted choices and how philosophical reflection about these can puzzle the will."--Jacket


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Free Will
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ISBN: 3110319535 9783110319538 9783110319163 3110319160 Year: 2010 Publisher: Berlin De Gruyter

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Few philosophical issues have had as long and elaborate a history as the problem of free will, which has been contested at every stage of the history of the subject. The present work practices an extensive bibliography of this elaborate literature, listing some five thousand items ranging from classical antiquity to the present.


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Restorative free will : back to the biological base
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ISBN: 1498522394 9781498522397 9781498522380 1498522386 Year: 2015 Publisher: Lanham, Maryland ; London, [England] : Lexington Books,

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Restorative Free Will examines free will as an adaptive capacity that evolved in humans and many other species, and restores free will to species excluded by claims of human uniqueness. Restorative Free Will recognizes the basic biological value of both libertarian and compatibilist elements of free will, and explains how these traditionally opposed accounts of free will capture an essential element of foraging animals' free will.


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Free will : historical and analytic perspectives
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ISBN: 3030611361 3030611353 Year: 2021 Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer,


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Free will
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ISBN: 1108982514 1108987133 1108992501 1108990835 Year: 2022 Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,

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This Element provides a thorough overview of the free will debate as it currently stands. After distinguishing the main senses of the term 'free will' invoked in that debate, it proceeds to set out the prominent versions of the main positions, libertarianism, compatibilism, and free will skepticism, and then to discuss the main objections to these views. Particular attention is devoted to the controversy concerning whether the ability to do otherwise is required for moral responsibility and whether it is compatible with determinism, and to manipulation arguments against compatibilism. Two areas in which the free will debate has practical implications are discussed in detail, personal relationships and criminal justice.


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Decomposing the will.
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ISBN: 9780199746996 9780199876877 Year: 2013 Publisher: New York Oxford university press

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There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some argue, recommends a view of conscious agency as merely epiphenomenal: an impotent accompaniment to the whirring unconscious machinery (the inner zombie!) that prepares, decides, and causes our behavior. This volume displays and explores this radical claim, revisiting the folk concept of the responsible agent after abandoning the image of a central executive and “decomposing” the notion of the conscious will into multiple interlocking aspects and functions. Part I of this volume provides an overview of the scientific research that has been taken to support “the zombie challenge.” Part II explores the phenomenology of agency and what it is like to be the author of one’s own actions. Part III and Part IV then explore different strategies for using the science and phenomenology of human agency to respond to the zombie challenge. Questions explored include: What distinguishes automatic behavior and voluntary action? What, if anything, does consciousness contribute to the voluntary control of behavior? What does the science of human behavior really tell us about the nature of self-control?

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