Free Will: From nature to illusion

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Sir Peter Strawson's “Freedom and Resentment” was a landmark in the philosophical understanding of the free will problem. Building upon it, I attempt to defend a novel position, which purports to provide, in outline, the next step forward. The position presented is based on the descriptively central and normatively crucial role of illusion in the issue of free will. Illusion, I claim, is the vital but neglected key to the free will problem. The proposed position, which may be called “Illusionism”, is shown to follow both from the strengths and from the weaknesses of Strawson's position.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationFree Will and Reactive Attitudes
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on P.F. Strawson's 'Freedom and Resentment'
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780754686750
ISBN (Print)9780754640592
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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