Why Free Will Is Real

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Harvard University Press, May 6, 2019 - Philosophy - 176 pages
Many scientists and scientifically-minded philosophers are skeptical that free will exists. In clear, scientifically rigorous terms, Christian List explains that free will is like other real phenomena that emerge from physical laws but are autonomous from them—like an ecosystem or the economy—and are indispensable for explaining our world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Free Will
15
2 Three Challenges
31
3 In Defence of Intentional Agency
49
4 In Defence of Alternative Possibilities
79
5 In Defence of Causal Control
113
Conclusion
149
Notes
161
References
187
Acknowledgments
203
Index
207
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Christian List is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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