Bound: Essays on free will and responsibility

Bound: Essays on free will and responsibility

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The problem of free will arises from ordinary, commonsense reflection. Shaun Nichols examines these ordinary attitudes from a naturalistic perspective. He offers a psychological account of the origins of the problem of free will. According to his account the problem arises because of two naturally emerging ways of thinking about ourselves and the world, one of which makes determinism plausible while the other makes determinism implausible. Although contemporarycognitive science does not settle whether choices are determined, Nichols argues that our belief in indeterminist choice is grounded in faulty inference and should be regarded as unjustified. However, even if our belief in indeterminist choice is false, its a further substantive question whether thatmeans that free will doesnt exist. Nichols argues that, because of the flexibility of reference, there is no single answer to whether free will exists. In some contexts, it will be true to say free will exists; in other contexts, it will be false to say that. With this substantive background in place, Bound promotes a pragmatic approach to prescriptive issues. In some contexts, the prevailing practical considerations suggest that we should deny the existence of free will and moralresponsibility; in other contexts the practical considerations suggest that we should affirm free will and moral responsibility. This allows for the possibility that in some contexts, it is morally apt to exact retributive punishment; in other contexts, it can be apt to take up the exonerating attitude ofhard incompatibilism.So, while Pereboom andMele maintainthat the presenceof an agentive manipulatoris irrelevant to the mitigation of responsibility, the evidence suggests that ourintuitions really aresensitive tothisfeature of thecases. As philosophers, we mightanbsp;...


Title:Bound: Essays on free will and responsibility
Author: Shaun Nichols
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2015-01-08
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