It is this hard determinist stance that Derk Pereboom articulates in Living Without Free Will. Pereboom argues that our best scientific theories have the. Derk Pereboom is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University. He is the author of Living without Free Will (Cambridge University Press, ); Consciousness. Pereboom, Derk, Living Without Free Will, Cambridge University Press, Derk Pereboom’s recent book is a defence of “hard incompatibilism”.

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It covers a lot of ground It is clear, careful, insightful, and withut, a good guide to the philosophical literature on the many issues it discusses.

Anyone concerned with those issues will profit greatly from reading it. In Living Without Free Will, Derk Pereboom argues that our best scientific theories indeed have the consequence that factors beyond our control produce all of the actions we perform, and that because of this, we are not morally responsible for any of them.

He seeks to defend the view that morality, meaning, and value remain intact even if we are not morally responsible, and furthermore, that adopting this perspective would provide significant benefit for our lives.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Pereeboom from and sold by Amazon. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life. Four Views on Free Will. Free Will Hackett Readings in Philosophy. Four Views on Divine Providence Counterpoints: How Physics Makes Us Free. Review “This is an impressive book, which can be recommended to all philosophers interested in the problems surrounding freedom and moral responsibility.


Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Paperback: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition November 2, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 4 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. So let me start by saying that this is an absolutely fantastic, brilliant book.

Pereboom is one of the best writers on the topic of the problem of free will and moral responsibility, and he makes a compelling case for an initially very counterintuitive position.

My only problem and the only reason that this isn’t a 5 star libing is that I made the mistake of ordering the Kindle version of this book. The digital text looks like it was scanned in with a very low resolution scanner; it is all but unreadable.

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For over 30 dollars, it is completely unacceptable. Whatever you do, do NOT get withouf Kindle version of this book. Tree for an ebook version elsewhere if one is available, I don’t knowor get yourself the paperback. An excellent analysis of hard incompatibilism and the ramifications. Really concise and packed full of important stuff. The idea that we could lose moral responsibility, and in doing so, not actually lose that much that we cherish was refreshing.

This should be a landmark book, in my opinion. One person wwithout this helpful. A good outline of the problem, especially the contradictions inherent in the compatibilist position. Some people are so stupid that the only possible job for them in life is to be a college professor. Derk Pereboom falls into this category.

He fell in love with the idea that there is no such thing as free will, which is, admittedly, a seductive idea — for a college sophomore. His love of this idea stems from the seemingly irrefutable logical statement that everything has a cause or more properly, many causes.


Therefore, every action by a human agent has causes and no action is free. He doesn’t understand the subtle, but supremely important, differences between “caused,” “determined,” and “inevitable. Fred are emergent properties of complex systems consider life, which is made up of things that are not alive that cannot be reduced to wiill properties of their component parts.


The idea that humans have no free will, and are therefore not morally responsible for their actions is not just wrong in an intellectual sense — it is extremely dangerous. See all 4 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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