It is this hard determinist stance that Derk Pereboom articulates in Living Without Free Will. Pereboom argues that our best scientific theories have the. Derk Pereboom is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University. He is the author of Living without Free Will (Cambridge University Press, ); Consciousness. Pereboom, Derk, Living Without Free Will, Cambridge University Press, Derk Pereboom’s recent book is a defence of “hard incompatibilism”.

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Cambridge Studies in Philosophy: Living without Free Will. Description Most people assume that, even though some degenerative or criminal behavior may be caused by influences beyond our control, ordinary human actions are not similarly generated, but rather wlthout freely chosen, and we can be praiseworthy or blameworthy for them.

A less popular and more radical claim is that factors beyond our control produce all of the actions we perform. Pereboom argues that our best withojt theories have the consequence that factors beyond our control produce all of the actions we perform, and that because of this, we are not morally responsible for any of them.


He seeks to defend the view that morality, meaning and value remain intact even if we are not morally responsible, withoit furthermore, that adopting this perspective would provide significant benefit for our lives. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography withour and more.

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Table of contents Acknowledgments; Introduction: Alternative possibilities and causal histories; 2. Coherence objections to libertarianism; 3. Empirical objections to agent-causal libertarianism; 4. Problems for compatibilism; 5. The contours of withouf incompatibilism; 6. Hard incompatibilism and criminal behavior; 7.


Hard incompatibilism and meaning in life; Bibliography; Index. All philosophers who wish to argue that there are free human beings will need to deal livving Pereboom’s objections. And it they cannot refute them, they can take comfort in Pereboom’s good, optimistic work on what a world without free will can be like.

It covers a lot of ground It is clear, careful, insightful, and well-informed, a good guide to the philosophical literature on the many issues it discusses. Anyone concerned with those issues will profit greatly from reading it.

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