Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy

Oxford University Press (2005)
Abstract
The eighteenth century was a time of brilliant philosophical innovation in Britain. In Of Liberty and Necessity James A. Harris presents the first comprehensive account of the period's discussion of what remains a central problem of philosophy, the question of the freedom of the will. He offers new interpretations of contributions to the free will debate made by canonical figures such as Locke, Hume, Edwards, and Reid, and also discusses in detail the arguments of some less familiar writers. Harris puts the eighteenth-century debate about the will and its freedom in the context of the period's concern with applying what Hume calls the "experimental method of reasoning" to the human mind. His book will be of substantial interest to historians of philosophy and anyone concerned with the free will problem.
Keywords Free will and determinism  Philosophy, British
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Call number BJ1461.H277 2005
ISBN(s) 9780199268603   0199268606   0199234752     9780199234752
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.511_2.x
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