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Free Will and Modern Science

Richard Swinburne (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264898
eISBN:
9780191754074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Do humans have a free choice of which actions to perform? Three recent developments of modern science can help us to answer this question. First, new investigative tools have enabled us to study the ... More


Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories

Gregory Currie

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199282609
eISBN:
9780191712432
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282609.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Narratives are artefacts of a special kind: they are devices which function to tell stories, and do so by conveying the storytelling intentions of their makers. But, narrative itself is too inclusive ... More


The Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

Roger Teichmann

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199299331
eISBN:
9780191715068
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299331.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

One of the most important philosophers of recent times, Elizabeth Anscombe wrote books and articles on a wide range of topics, including the ground-breaking monograph Intention. This book studies ... More


Pursuing Meaning

Emma Borg

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199588374
eISBN:
9780191741487
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588374.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This book examines some recent answers to the questions of how and where to draw the divide between semantics (roughly, features of the literal meaning of linguistic items) and pragmatics (roughly, ... More


Willing, Wanting, Waiting

Richard Holton

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199214570
eISBN:
9780191706547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214570.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book provides a unified account of the will, pulling together a diverse range of phenomena that have typically been treated separately: intention, resolution, choice, weakness and strength of ... More


Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?

Roy F. Baumeister, Alfred R. Mele, and Kathleen D. Vohs (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389760
eISBN:
9780199863341
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389760.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might ... More


Effective Intentions: The Power of Conscious Will

Alfred R Mele

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195384260
eISBN:
9780199869909
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384260.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

This book has both a negative aim and a positive aim. The negative aim is to show that some recent influential scientific claims about free will, consciousness, and action‐production are not ... More


Introduction

Sergio Tenenbaum

in Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195382440
eISBN:
9780199870158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382440.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In the introduction, Tenenbaum provides a general overview about the main debates that arise from investigation of the relation between desire (and practical reason) and the good, and briefly ... More


Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will

Alfred R. Mele

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199896134
eISBN:
9780199949533
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896134.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

People backslide. They freely do things they believe it would be best on the whole not to do – and best from their own point of view, not just the perspective of their peers or their parents. The aim ... More


Rationality Writ Large

Paul Weirich

in Collective Rationality: Equilibrium in Cooperative Games

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388381
eISBN:
9780199866700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388381.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

A committee's passing a resolution may be rational or irrational. Groups of people perform acts that are evaluable for rationality. This observation raises two philosophical questions: What makes a ... More


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