Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; What is the problem of free will?; 2. Our Experience of Choice; What, if anything, does our everyday experience seems to suggest about free will? Do such experiences be taken as prima facie evidence of the nature and existence of free will? Explores our metaphysical and epistemological presumptions. Important terminology introduced; 3. Incompatibilism; Imcompatibilism holds that if the universe is deterministic, we cannot have free will. This chapters makes the incompatibilist thesis more precise and looks at some classic arguments for incompatibilism. Critiques of arguments for Incompatibilism. The modern debate.; 4. Compatibilism; (if the universe is deterministic, we can have free will) Some alternative compatibilist accounts of free will described. Some classic arguments for compatibilism. Critique of arguments for Compatibilism. The modern debate.; 5. Determinism; Whether or not our universe is deterministic. What science seems to be telling us. The retreat from determinism to indeterminism. The advance from folk psychology to neuroscience. What religions tell us.; 6. Free Will; Libertarianism and agent causation. Autonomy and self-control. Back to our metaphysical and epistemological presumptions; 7. Conclusion; So what is free will and how much of it do we have?; Glossary; Further Reading; Index.
An up-to-date and approachable exploration of the age-old question, "What is free will and do we have it?"