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Laura Ekstrom
College of William and Mary
  1. Free Will: A Philosophical Study.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1999 - Westview.
    In this comprehensive new study of human free agency, Laura Waddell Ekstrom critically surveys contemporary philosophical literature and provides a novel account of the conditions for free action. Ekstrom argues that incompatibilism concerning free will and causal determinism is true and thus the right account of the nature of free action must be indeterminist in nature. She examines a variety of libertarian approaches, ultimately defending an account relying on indeterministic causation among events and appealing to agent causation only in a (...)
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  2. A Coherence Theory of Autonomy.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (3):599-616.
    This paper presents a conception of the self partially in terms of a particular notion of preference. It develops a coherentist account of when one's preferences are "authorized", or sanctioned as one's own, and presents a coherence theory of autonomous action. The view presented solves certain problems with hierarchical accounts of freedom, such as Harry Frankfurt's.
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    The Theory and Practice of Autonomy.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (4):616.
  4. Autonomy and Personal Integration.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 2005 - In J. Stacey Taylor (ed.), Personal Autonomy: New Essays on Personal Autonomy and its Role in Contemporary Moral Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
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    A Coherence Theory of Autonomy.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (3):599-616.
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  6. Alienation, Autonomy, and the Self.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 2005 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29 (1):45–67.
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    Protecting Incompatibilist Freedom.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1998 - American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (3):281-291.
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  8. Freedom, Causation, and the Consequence Argument.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1998 - Synthese 115 (3):333-354.
    The problem of analyzing causation and the problem of incompatibilism versus compatibilism are largely distinct. Yet, this paper will show that there are some theories of causation that a compatibilist should not endorse: namely, counterfactual theories, specifically the one developed by David Lewis and a newer, amended version of his account. Endorsing either of those accounts of causation undercuts the main compatibilist reply to a powerful argument for incompatibilism. Conversely, the argument of this paper has the following message for incompatibilists: (...)
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    Causes and Nested Counterfactuals.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1995 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 73 (4):574 – 578.
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    Keystone Preferences and AutonomySelf-Trust: A Study of Reason, Knowledge and Autonomy.Laura Waddell Ekstrom & Keith Lehrer - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59 (4):1057.
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    Inviting Sex.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 2004 - Public Affairs Quarterly 18 (3):187-204.
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  12. Freedom, Coherence, and the Self.Laura Waddell Ekstrom - 1993 - Dissertation, The University of Arizona
    A plausible theory of human freedom must give some account of both alternate possibilities and self-determination. Debate over the correct interpretation of the first feature gives rise to the metaphysical problem of whether or not freedom is compatible with the thesis of determinism, according to which, given the actual past and the actual laws of nature, there is at any time only one physically possible future. It is my view that persons act freely only if the thesis of determinism is (...)
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