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  1. Robert H. Kane (1996). The Significance of Free Will. Oxford University Press.
    In the past quarter-century, there has been a resurgence of interest in philosophical questions about free will. After a clear and broad-reaching survey of these recent debates, Robert Kane presents his own controversial view. Arguing persuasively for a traditional incompatibilist or libertarian conception of free will, Kane demonstrates that such a conception can be made intelligible without appeals to obscure or mysterious forms of agency and thus can be reconconciled with a contemporary scientific picture of the world.
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  2. Robert Kane (2005). A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will. Oxford University Press.
    Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will--and its place in the history of philosophy--the book then turns to contemporary debates and theories about free will, determinism, and related subjects like moral responsibility, coercion, compulsion, autonomy, agency, rationality, freedom, and more. Classical compatibilist (...)
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    Robert H. Kane (1985). Free Will and Values. SUNY Press.
    This book is about free will and the relativity of values, two topics that seem to have little in common beyond the fact that both have been the subject of ...
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  4. Robert Kane (1999). Responsibility, Luck, and Chance: Reflections on Free Will and Determinism. Journal of Philosophy 96 (5):217-40.
    Consider the following principle: (LP) If an action is undetermined at a time t, then its happening rather than not happening at t would be a matter of chance or luck, and so it could not be a free and responsible action. This principle (which we may call the luck principle, or simply LP) is false, as I shall explain shortly. Yet it seems true.
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  5. Robert Kane (1997). The Significance of Free Will. Oxford University Press Usa.
    Robert Kane provides a critical overview of debates about free will of the past half century, relating this recent inquiry to the broader history of the free will issue and to vital currents of twentieth century thought. Kane also defends a traditional libertarian or incompatibilist view of free will, employing arguments that are both new to philosophy and that respond to contemporary developments in physics and biology, neuro science, and the cognitive and behavioral sciences.
     
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  6. Robert H. Kane (ed.) (2002). The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Oxford University Press.
    This comprehensive reference provides an exhaustive guide to current scholarship on the perennial problem of Free Will--perhaps the most hotly and voluminously debated of all philosophical problems. While reference is made throughout to the contributions of major thinkers of the past, the emphasis is on recent research. The essays, most of which are previously unpublished, combine the work of established scholars with younger thinkers who are beginning to make significant contributions. Taken as a whole, the Handbook provides an engaging and (...)
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    Robert Kane (ed.) (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Free Will: Second Edition. OUP Usa.
    This second edition of The Oxford Handbook of Free Will is intended to be a sourcebook and guide to current work on free will and related subjects.
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    Robert Kane (2016). Moral Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Freedom of Will. Journal of Ethics 20 (1-3):229-246.
    In his influential paper, “Freedom and Resentment,” P. F. Strawson argued that our ordinary practices of holding persons morally responsible and related reactive attitudes were wholly “internal” to the practices themselves and could be insulated from traditional philosophical and metaphysical concerns, including concerns about free will and determinism. This “insulation thesis” is a controversial feature of Strawson’s influential paper; and it has had numerous critics. The first purpose of this paper is to explain my own reasons for thinking that our (...)
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  9. John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom & Manuel Vargas (2007). Four Views on Free Will. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate. Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation Offers the reader (...)
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  10. Robert Kane (2007). Response to Fischer, Pereboom, and Vargas. In John Martin Fischer (ed.), Four Views on Free Will. Blackwell Pub.
     
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  11. Robert H. Kane (2002). Free Will, Determinism, and Indeterminism. In Harald Atmanspacher & Robert C. Bishop (eds.), Between Chance and Choice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism. Thorverton UK: Imprint Academic 371--406.
  12. Robert H. Kane (1989). Two Kinds of Incompatibilism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (December):219-54.
    The present essay is about this problem of the intelligibility of incompatibilist freedom. I do not think Kant, Nagel and Strawson are right in thinking that incompatibilist theories cannot be made intelligible to theoretical reason, nor are those many others right who think that incompatibilist accounts of freedom must be essentially mysterious or terminally obscure. I doubt if I can say enough in one short paper to convince anyone of these claims who is not already persuaded. But I hope to (...)
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  13. Robert H. Kane (1999). On Free Will, Responsibility and Indeterminism: Responses to Clarke, Haji, and Mele. Philosophical Explorations 2 (2):105-121.
    This paper responds to three critical essays on my book, The Significance of Free Will(Oxford, 1996) by Randolph Clarke, Istiyaque Haji and Alfred Mele (which essays appear in this issue and an earlier issue of this journal). This response first explains crucial features of the theory of free will of the book, including the notion of ultimate responsibility.The paper then answers objections of Haji and Mele that the occurrence of undetermined choices would be matters of luck or chance, and so (...)
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  14. Robert H. Kane (2002). Introduction: The Contours of Contemporary Free Will Debates. In The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. New York: Oxford University Press
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    Robert Kane (2010). Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom. Cambridge University Press.
    Modernity has challenged the ancient ideal of a universal quest for wisdom, and today's world of conflicting cultures and values has raised further doubts regarding the possibility of objective ethical standards. Robert Kane refocuses the debate on the philosophical quest for wisdom, and argues that ethical principles about right action and the good life can be seen to emerge from that very quest itself. His book contends that the search for wisdom involves a persistent striving to overcome narrowness of vision (...)
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    Robert Kane (forthcoming). The Complex Tapestry of Free Will: Striving Will, Indeterminism and Volitional Streams. Synthese:1-16.
    The aim of this paper is to respond to recent discussion of, and objections to, the libertarian view of free will I have developed in many works over the past four decades. The issues discussed all have a bearing on the central question of how one might make sense of a traditional free will requiring indeterminism in the light of modern science. This task involves, among other things, avoiding all traditional libertarian appeals to unusual forms of agency or causation that (...)
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  17. Robert H. Kane, Reflections on Free Will, Determinism, and Indeterminism.
    _Some say there is no progress in philosophy, and certainly there is one sense in_ _which they are wrong. There are at least significant developments in philosophical_ _doctrines that have been persistently advocated in the past. With confidence I leave_ _you to arrive at a satisfactory understanding of 'significant'. There is no doubt that_ _Robert Kane has made some progress, probably more than any other contemporary_ _philosopher, in the laying out and defending of the doctrine that an understandable_ _freedom is (...)
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    Robert Kane (2010). Freedom, Responsibility, and Will-Setting. Philosophical Topics 24 (2):67-90.
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    Robert H. Kane (2000). Responses to Bernard Berofsky, John Martin Fischer and Galen Strawson. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1):157-167.
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    Robert Kane (2002). Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Free Will: Reflections on Wallace's Theory. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):693–698.
  21. Robert Kane (2000). Free Will and Responsibility: Ancient Dispute, New Themes. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics 4 (4):313-417.
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    Robert H. Kane (2000). The Dual Regress of Free Will and the Role of Alternative Possibilities. Philosopical Perspectives 14 (s14):57-80.
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    Robert Kane (1994). Through the Moral Maze: Searching for Absolute Values in a Pluralistic World. North Castle Books.
    "On the ... issue of our pluralistic age -- whether we can continue to believe in absolute value -- Robert Kane has written the most helpful discussion I know.
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    Robert Kane (2003). Responsibility, Indeterminism and Frankfurt-Style Cases: A Reply to Mele and Robb. In David Widerker & Michael McKenna (eds.), Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities. Ashgate 91--105.
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  25. Graham Cairns-Smith, Thomas W. Clark, Ravi Gomatam, Robert H. Kane, Nicholas Maxwell, J. J. C. Smart, Sean A. Spence & Henry P. Stapp (2005). Commentaries on David Hodgson's "a Plain Person's Free Will". Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (1):20-75.
    REMARKS ON EVOLUTION AND TIME-SCALES, Graham Cairns-Smith; HODGSON'S BLACK BOX, Thomas Clark; DO HODGSON'S PROPOSITIONS UNIQUELY CHARACTERIZE FREE WILL?, Ravi Gomatam; WHAT SHOULD WE RETAIN FROM A PLAIN PERSON'S CONCEPT OF FREE WILL?, Gilberto Gomes; ISOLATING DISPARATE CHALLENGES TO HODGSON'S ACCOUNT OF FREE WILL, Liberty Jaswal; FREE AGENCY AND LAWS OF NATURE, Robert Kane; SCIENCE VERSUS REALIZATION OF VALUE, NOT DETERMINISM VERSUS CHOICE, Nicholas Maxwell; COMMENTS ON HODGSON, J.J.C. Smart; THE VIEW FROM WITHIN, Sean Spence; COMMENTARY ON HODGSON, Henry Stapp.
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    Robert Kane (2009). Free Will and the Dialectic of Selfhood: Can One Make Sense of a Traditional Free Will Requiring Ultimate Responsibility? Ideas Y Valores 58 (141):25-43.
    For four decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will according to which agents are required to be ultimately responsible for the creation or formation of their own wills (characters and purposes). The aim of this paper is to explain how a free will of this traditional kind -which..
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  27. Theodore Bach, Richmond Campbell, Victor Kumar, Justin Clarke-Doane, Glen Pettigrove, Christopher Heath Wellman, Jonathan Crowe, Lawrence J. Hatab, Kris McDaniel & Robert Kane (2012). 10. Ian Shapiro, The Real World of Democratic Theory Ian Shapiro, The Real World of Democratic Theory (Pp. 440-444). Ethics 122 (2).
     
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    Robert H. Kane (1994). Free Will: The Elusive Ideal. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 75 (1-2):25-60.
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    Robert Kane (2016). Moral Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Freedom of Will. Journal of Ethics 20 (1-3):229-246.
    In his influential paper, “Freedom and Resentment,” P. F. Strawson argued that our ordinary practices of holding persons morally responsible and related reactive attitudes were wholly “internal” to the practices themselves and could be insulated from traditional philosophical and metaphysical concerns, including concerns about free will and determinism. This “insulation thesis” is a controversial feature of Strawson’s influential paper; and it has had numerous critics. The first purpose of this paper is to explain my own reasons for thinking that our (...)
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  30. Robert H. Kane (ed.) (2001). Oxford Handbook on Free Will. Oxford University Press.
    This comprehensive reference provides an exhaustive guide to current scholarship on the perennial problem of Free Will--perhaps the most hotly and voluminously debated of all philosophical problems. While reference is made throughout to the contributions of major thinkers of the past, the emphasis is on recent research. The essays, most of which are previously unpublished, combine the work of established scholars with younger thinkers who are beginning to make significant contributions. Taken as a whole, the Handbook provides an engaging and (...)
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    Robert Kane (2015). On the Role of Indeterminism in Libertarian Free Will. Philosophical Explorations 19 (1):2-16.
    In a recent paper in this journal, “How should libertarians conceive of the location and role of indeterminism?” Christopher Evan Franklin critically examines my libertarian view of free will and attempts to improve upon it. He says that while Kane's influential [view] offers many important advances in the development of a defensible libertarian theory of free will and moral responsibility … [he made] “two crucial mistakes in formulating libertarianism” – one about the location of indeterminism, the other about its role (...)
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    Robert Kane (1999). Responsibility, Luck, and Chance. Journal of Philosophy 96 (5):217-240.
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    Robert Kane (forthcoming). Free Will, Bound and Unbound: Reflections on Shaun Nichols’ Bound. Philosophical Studies:1-10.
    Nichols’ Bound presents interesting new angles on traditional debates about free will and moral responsibility, relating them to the latest empirical research in psychology, social sciences and experimental philosophy. In experimental philosophy, he cites numerous recent studies showing that there are strong incompatibilist strands in folk intuitions about free will and responsibility, taking issue with other recent studies claiming that folk intuitions are predominantly compatibilist. But he also argues that incompatibilist folk intuitions are based on faulty reasoning and cannot be (...)
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    Robert Kane (2014). Acting 'of One's Own Free Will': Modern Reflections on an Ancient Philosophical Problem. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 114 (1pt1):35-55.
    Over the past five decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will according to which it requires that agents be to some degree ultimately responsible for the formation of their own wills (characters, motives and purposes). To act ‘of one's own free will’ in this sense is to act ‘from a will’ that is to some extent ‘of one's own free making’. A free will of this ultimate kind (often called ‘incompatibilist’ or ‘libertarian’) has been under attack (...)
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    Robert Kane (2012). Torn Decisions, Luck, and Libertarian Free Will: Comments on Balaguer's Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem. Philosophical Studies (1):1-8.
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    Robert Kane (2007). Libertarianism. In John Martin Fischer (ed.), Philosophical Studies. Blackwell Pub. 35 - 44.
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  37. Robert Kane (2008). Incompatibilism. In Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. Blackwell Pub.
     
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    Robert H. Kane (2000). Replies to Fischer and Haji. Journal of Ethics 4 (4):338-342.
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    Robert H. Kane (2006). Libertarian Accounts of Free Will. [REVIEW] Mind 115 (457):136-142.
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    Scott MacDonald, John Martin Fischer, Carl Ginet, Joseph Margolis, Mark Case, Elie Noujain, Robert Kane & Derk Pereboom (2000). Excerpts From John Martin Fischer's Discussion with Members of the Audience. Journal of Ethics 4 (4):408 - 417.
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    Robert Kane (2014). Quantum Physics, Action and Free Will: How Might Free Will Be Possible in a Quantum Universe? In Uwe Meixner & Antonella Corradini (eds.), Quantum Physics Meets the Philosophy of Mind: New Essays on the Mind-Body Relation in Quantum-Theoretical Perspective. De Gruyter 163-182.
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    Robert H. Kane (1996). Free Will, Responsibility, and Will-Setting. Philosophical Topics 24 (2):67-90.
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  43. Robert H. Kane (2002). Some Neglected Pathways in the Free Will Labyrinth. In The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Oxford University Press
     
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    Robert Kane (2000). Précis of The Significance of Free Will. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1):129 - 134.
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    Robert H. Kane (1988). Libertarianism and Rationality Revisited. Southern Journal of Philosophy 26 (3):441-60.
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    Robert Kane (2000). Deontic Acts, Frankfurt-Style Examples, and "'Ought' Implies 'Can'". Journal of Ethics 4 (4):357-360.
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  47. Alfred Mele Ginet, Mark Ravizza, Robert Kane, Michael McKenna & John Deigh (1999). Recent Work on Moral Responsibility* John Martin Fischer. Ethics 110 (1):93-139.
     
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    Robert Kane (2007). Free Will: New Directions for an Ancient Problem: A Reply to Allen and Rogers. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81:291-302.
    Over the past three decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will motivated by a desire to reconcile a non-determinist view of free will with modern science as well as with recent developments in philosophy. A view of free will of the kind I defend did not exist in a developed form before the 1980s, but is now discussed in the philosophical literature as one of three chief options an incompatibilist or libertarian view of free will might (...)
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  49. Robert H. Kane (2005). Free Agency and Laws of Nature. Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (1):46-53.
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    Don Viney, Adam Blatner, Marcus Clayton, Charles Goodman, Ed Towne & Robert Kane (1998). Viney Discussion. The Personalist Forum 14 (2):239-245.
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