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The Metaphysics of Free Will

Timothy O'Connor

in Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153743
eISBN:
9780199867080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515374X.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter develops the basic metaphysics of agent causation. The author analyzes causal notions generally in terms of the notion of ’causal power’ or ’causal capacity.’ The difference between ... More


A Compatibilist Account of Agent Causation

Dana Kay Nelkin

in Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608560
eISBN:
9780191729638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608560.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This chapter addresses the metaphysics of free and responsible agency. Most theorists today presuppose a theory of causation according to which causes and effects are events of one kind or other ... More


Abilities, Choices, and Agent Causation

Kadri Vihvelin

in Causes, Laws, and Free Will: Why Determinism Doesn't Matter

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199795185
eISBN:
9780199345250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795185.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Our belief that we have free will is based on our many and varied experiences of reliably moving our minds and bodies in the ways we try to move them, and on our belief that we are always, or almost ... More


Agency

Donald Davidson

in Essays on Actions and Events

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246274
eISBN:
9780191715198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246270.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Examining the relation that has to obtain between an agent and an event for the latter to be an action attributed to the agent, Davidson shows there are no grammatical tests of agency: action verbs ... More


Statistical Jokes and Social Effects: Intervention and Invariance in Causal Relations

Clark Glymour

in Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195176803
eISBN:
9780199958511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.003.0019
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

The psychological literature on causation includes a variety of proposed analyses of causal relations: simple correlation, mental models, causal powers, etc. Each of these proposals is subject to ... More


Free Will and the Mythology of Causation

Hugh J. McCann

in Alternative Concepts of God: Essays on the Metaphysics of the Divine

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198722250
eISBN:
9780191789090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722250.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Libertarian accounts of free will face the objection that they are liable to leave our decisions and actions with no explanation whatever for their existence. To counter this objection some ... More


Buddhist Reductionist Action Theory

Mark Siderits

in A Mirror Is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190499778
eISBN:
9780190499792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190499778.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This essay develops the theory of action presupposed by Buddhist Reductionists. Their account uses the theory of two truths to reconcile the folk theory of human action with the Buddhist claim that ... More


Anselmian Libertarianism: Background and Voluntates

Katherin A. Rogers

in Freedom and Self-Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198743972
eISBN:
9780191803963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743972.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

In order to allow for contrast with Anselm’s theory, this chapter begins by outlining the two main contemporary libertarian positions: event-causation as represented by Robert Kane and ... More


Prichard on Causing a Change

Jonathan Dancy

in Practical Thought: Essays on Reason, Intuition, and Action

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780198865605
eISBN:
9780191897955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865605.003.0025
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This paper starts by considering an interesting argument of H. A. Prichard’s against the view that to act is to cause a change; the argument is that causing is not an activity. The argument is ... More


Responsibility and Freedom

Hugh J. McCann

in Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190611200
eISBN:
9780190611224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611200.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion

Libertarian accounts of free will face the objection that they are liable to leave our decisions and actions with no explanation for their existence given the presence of luck. To counter this ... More


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