Free Will and Epistemology: a Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom

London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic (2018)

This is a work concerned with justification and freedom and the relationship between these. Its summational aim is to defend a transcendental argument for free will – that we could not be epistemically justified in undermining a strong notion of free will, as a strong notion of free will would be required for any such process of undermining to be itself epistemically justified. The book advances two transcendental arguments – for a deontically internalist conception of epistemic justification and the aforementioned argument for a libertarian conception of free will. In defending each of these arguments, the book both defends and relies upon the principle that ‘ought’ implies ‘can’. In articulating the latter transcendental argument – for freedom – heavy reliance is made on the earlier, epistemic, work: especially on the deontological conception of rational justification (on epistemic internalism).
Keywords Free will  Epistemology  Transcendental argument  Justification  Rationality  Agency  Responsibility  Executive functioning  Determinism  Epistemic internalism
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