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Causation, Freedom and Determinism: An Attempt to Solve the Causal Problem Through a Study of its Origins in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Causation, Freedom and Determinism: An Attempt to Solve the Causal Problem Through a Study of its Origins in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Mortimer Taube
December 11, 2018

This book, first published in 1936, divides into roughly two parts: a re-examination of historical material; and a positive theory of causation suggested by the results of this re-examination. The historical study discloses an ambiguity in the meanings of causation and determinism; it discloses...

Personal Autonomy: Beyond Negative and Positive Liberty

Personal Autonomy: Beyond Negative and Positive Liberty

1st Edition

Robert Young
December 11, 2018

The concept of personal autonomy is central to discussions about democratic rights, personal freedom and individualism in the marketplace. This book, first published in 1986, discusses the concept of personal autonomy in all its facets. It charts historically the discussion of the concept by...

Freedom: Negative and Positive Conceptions

Freedom: Negative and Positive Conceptions

1st Edition

Yıldız Silier
December 11, 2018

Isaiah Berlin made a now classic distinction between negative and positive conceptions of freedom. This book, first published in 2005, introduces a fresh way of looking at these conceptions and presents a new defence of the positive conception of freedom. Revealing how the internal debate between...

Freewill and Determinism: A Study of Rival Conceptions of Man

Freewill and Determinism: A Study of Rival Conceptions of Man

1st Edition

R.L. Franklin
December 11, 2018

This book, first published in 1968, examines the complicated issues which surround the problem of freewill. Although it reaches a libertarian conclusion, its focus is largely on other questions. What ultimately is at stake in this debate? What difference would it make whether we had freewill or not...

The Implications of Determinism

The Implications of Determinism

1st Edition

Roy Weatherford
December 11, 2018

The problem of determinism arises in all the major areas of philosophy. The first part of this book, first published in 1991, is a critical and historical exposition of the problem and the most important ideas and arguments which have arisen over the many years of debate. The second part considers...

Choice: The Essential Element in Human Action

Choice: The Essential Element in Human Action

1st Edition

Alan Donagan
December 11, 2018

This book, first published in 1987, investigates what distinguishes the part of human behaviour that is action (praxis) from the part that is not. The distinction was clearly drawn by Socrates, and developed by Aristotle and the medievals, but key elements of their work became obscured in modern...

Free Action

Free Action

1st Edition

A.I. Melden
December 11, 2018

That a science of human conduct is possible, that what any man may do even in moments of the most sober and careful reflection can be understood and explained, has seemed to many a philosopher to cast doubt upon our common view that any human action can ever be said to be truly free. This book,...

Free Will: A Defence Against Neurophysiological Determinism

Free Will: A Defence Against Neurophysiological Determinism

1st Edition

John Thorp
December 11, 2018

The problem of freedom and determinism is one of the most enduring, and one of the best, problems in philosophy. One of the best because it so tenaciously resists solution while yet always seeming urgent, and one of the most enduring because it has always been able to present itself in different...

Freedom from Necessity: The Metaphysical Basis of Responsibility

Freedom from Necessity: The Metaphysical Basis of Responsibility

1st Edition

Bernard Berofsky
December 11, 2018

This book, first published in 1987, is about the classic free will problem, construed in terms of the implications of moral responsibility. The principal thesis is that the core issue is metaphysical: can scientific laws postulate objectively necessary connections between an action and its causal...

The Refutation of Determinism: An Essay in Philosophical Logic

The Refutation of Determinism: An Essay in Philosophical Logic

1st Edition

M.R. Ayers
December 11, 2018

Perhaps everyone who can think has the concept of possibility, but no one understands it. The metaphysical theory of Determinism is a symptom of this lack of understanding, and the inconclusiveness of its opponents’ arguments indicates that the lack is universal. In this book, first published in...

Routledge Library Editions: Free Will and Determinism

Routledge Library Editions: Free Will and Determinism

1st Edition

Various
June 06, 2017

This set reissues a number of classic titles on free will and determinism. They approach the topic from a range of differing viewpoints, and in so doing, provide an excellent overview and in-depth analysis of this fundamental philosophical problem....

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