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

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9780199795185: Causes, Laws, and Free Will: Why Determinism Doesn't Matter

Common sense tells us that we are morally responsible for our actions only if we have free will -- and that we have free will only if we are able to choose among alternative actions. Common sense tells us that we do have free will and are morally responsible for many of the things we do. Common sense also tells us that we are objects in the natural world, governed by its laws. Nevertheless, many contemporary philosophers deny that we have free will or that free will is a necessary prerequisite for moral responsibility. Some hold that we are morally responsible only if we are somehow exempt from the laws of nature. Causes, Laws, and Free Will defends a thesis that has almost disappeared from the contemporary philosophical landscape by arguing that this philosophical flight from common sense is a mistake. We have free will even if everything we do is predictable given the laws of nature and the past, and we are morally responsible whatever the laws of nature turn out to be. The impulses that tempt us into thinking that determinism robs us of free will spring from mistakes -- mistakes about the metaphysics of causation, mistakes about the nature of laws, and mistakes about the logic of counterfactuals.

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Kadri Vihvelin was born in Canada and educated at Oxford and Cornell. She now lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, where she is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. She has published papers on a variety of topics at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics, including free will, causation, counterfactuals, the doing/allowing distinction, moral responsibility, and the unfreedom of the time traveler.

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"[A] detailed and rigorous inquiry into the classic free will debate."--Christopher Evan Franklin, Notre Dame Philosophical Review


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