Publications

Causation and Free Will
By Carolina Sartorio
Published by Oxford University Press, 2016

From the publisher:
Carolina Sartorio argues that only the actual causes of our behaviour matter to our freedom. Although this simple view of freedom clashes with most theories of responsibility, including the most prominent 'actual sequence' theories currently on offer, Sartorio argues for its truth. The key, she claims, lies in a correct understanding of the role played by causation in a view of that kind. Causation has some important features that make it a responsibility-grounding relation, and this contributes to the success of the view. Also, when agents act freely, the actual...

The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology
The Facts in Logical Space book cover
By Jason Turner
Published by Oxford University Press, 2016

From the publisher:
Philosophers have long been tempted by the idea that objects and properties are abstractions from the facts. But how is this abstraction supposed to go? If the objects and properties aren't 'already' there, how do the facts give rise to them? Jason Turner develops and defends a novel answer to this question: The facts are arranged in a quasi-geometric 'logical space', and objects and properties arise from different quasi-geometric structures in this space.

Review:
"An excellent piece of analytic metaphysics: the care, precision, detail, and breadth of...

How Physics Makes Us Free
By Jennan Ismael
Published by Oxford University Press, 2016

From the publisher:
In 1687 Isaac Newton ushered in a new scientific era in which laws of nature could be used to predict the movements of matter with almost perfect precision. Newton's physics also posed a profound challenge to our self-understanding, however, for the very same laws that keep airplanes in the air and rivers flowing downhill tell us that it is in principle possible to predict what each of us will do every second of our entire lives, given the early conditions of the universe.

Can it really be that even while you toss and turn late at night in the throes of an...

Bound: Essays on Free Will and Responsibility
By Shaun Nichols
Published by Oxford University Press, 2015

From the publisher:
The problem of free will arises from ordinary, commonsense reflection. Shaun Nichols examines these ordinary attitudes from a naturalistic perspective. He offers a psychological account of the origins of the problem of free will. According to his account the problem arises because of two naturally emerging ways of thinking about ourselves and the world, one of which makes determinism plausible while the other makes determinism implausible. Although contemporary cognitive science does not settle whether choices are determined, Nichols argues that...

Reason, Value, and Respect: Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill Jr.
By Robert N. Johnson and Mark Timmons, eds.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2015

From the publisher:
In thirteen specially written essays, leading philosophers explore Kantian themes in moral and political philosophy that are prominent in the work of Thomas E. Hill, Jr. The first three essays focus on respect and self-respect.; the second three on practical reason and public reason. The third section covers a set of topics in social and political philosophy, including Kantian perspectives on homicide and animals. The final set of essays discuss duty, volition, and complicity in ethics. In conclusion Hill offers an overview of his work and...

Humean Moral Pluralism
By Michael B. Gill
Published by Oxford University Press, 2014

From the publisher:
Michael B. Gill offers an original account of Humean moral pluralism. Moral pluralism is the view that there are different ultimate moral reasons for action, that those different reasons can sometimes come into conflict with each other, and that there exist no invariable ordering principles that tell us how to resolve such conflicts. If moral pluralism is true, we will at times have to act on moral decisions for which we can give no fully principled justification. Humeanism is the view that our moral judgments are based on our sentiments, that...

Creating Wealth: Ethical and Economic Perspectives
By David Schmidtz and John Thrasher, eds.
Published by Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013

From the publisher:
Creating Wealth: Ethical and Economic Perspectives is a collection of classic and contemporary economic and philosophical readings that explore these questions: How do agents in the marketplace manage to cooperate? When does such cooperation make the world a better place? What do agents in the marketplace need to do in order to succeed? What do they need to do to deserve to succeed? This text includes an introduction by the author, David Schmidtz, which gives readers a nontechnical overview of an ethical framework for evaluating both market behavior and...

Kant on Practical Justification
By Mark Timmons and Sorin Baiasu
Published by Oxford University Press, 2013

From the publisher:
This volume of new essays provides a comprehensive and structured examination of Kantian accounts of practical justification. This examination serves as a starting point for a focused investigation of the Kantian approach to justification in practical disciplines (ethics, legal and political philosophy or philosophy of religion). The recent growth of literature on this subject is not surprising given that Kant's approach seems so promising: he claims to be able to justify unconditional normative claims without recourse to assumptions, views or...

The Epistemological Spectrum: At the Interface of Cognitive Science and Conceptual Analysis
By David K. Henderson and Terence Horgan
Published by Oxford University Press, 2013

From the publisher:
David Henderson and Terence Horgan set out a broad new approach to epistemology, which they see as a mixed discipline, having both a priori and empirical elements. They defend the roles of a priori reflection and conceptual analysis in philosophy, but their revisionary account of these philosophical methods allows them a subtle but essential empirical dimension. They espouse a dual-perspective position which they call iceberg epistemology, respecting the important differences between epistemic processes that are consciously accessible and...

Knowledge, Nature, and Norms
By Mark TImmons and David Shoemake
Published by Wadsworth Publishing, 2013

From the publisher:
Find everything you need for a solid introduction to philosophy with this brief, powerful text. One of the most concise introductory philosophy anthologies available, KNOWLEDGE, NATURE, AND NORMS: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, Second Edition features classical philosophy readings, short fiction, and literature from popular writers, as well as a wealth of effective learning tools. Concise, well-edited selections are designed to give first-time philosophy students what you need to succeed--a well-crafted focus on the essential elements of philosophical debate....

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