Meditation and Mental Freedom: A Buddhist Theory of Free Will

Journal of Buddhist Ethics 17:166-212 (2010)
Rick Repetti
Kingsborough Community College (CUNY)
I argue for a possible Buddhist theory of free will that combines Frankfurt's hierarchical analysis of meta-volitional/volitional accord with elements of the Buddhist eightfold path that prescribe that Buddhist aspirants cultivate meta-volitional wills that promote the mental freedom that culminates in enlightenment, as well as a causal/functional analysis of how Buddhist meditative methodology not only plausibly makes that possible, but in ways that may be applied to undermine Galen Strawson's impossibility argument, along with most of the other major arguments for free will skepticism.
Keywords Buddhism  free will  Buddhism and free will  meditation  meditation and free will  meditation and mental freedom  impossibility argument  semi-compatibilism  Dharma-responsiveness  reason-responsiveness
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