Science, Religion and Culture 1 (3):178-201 (2014)

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Gregg D. Caruso
Corning Community College
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Derk Pereboom’s Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life provides the most lively and comprehensive defense of free will skepticism in the literature. It contains a reworked and expanded version of the view he first developed in Living without Free Will. Important objections to the early book are answered, some slight modifications are introduced, and the overall account is significantly embellished—for example, Pereboom proposes a new account of rational deliberation consistent with the belief that one’s actions are causally determined and develops a forward-looking theory of moral responsibility con- sistent with free will skepticism. A significant contribution to the field, Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life is destined to become a classic and is essential reading for anyone interested in free will and moral responsibility
Keywords Free Will  Agency  meaning in life  free will skepticism  incompatibilism  reactive attitudes  manipulation argument  hard incompatibilism  moral responsibility  basic desert
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