Free Will, Responsibility, and Crime: An Introduction

Author:   Ken M. Levy
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN:  

9780815369653


Pages:   198
Publication Date:   12 September 2019
Format:   Hardback
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In his book, philosopher and law professor Ken Levy explains why he agrees with most people, but not with most other philosophers, about free will and responsibility. Most people believe that we have both - that is, that our choices, decisions, and actions are neither determined nor undetermined but rather fully self-determined. By contrast, most philosophers understand just how difficult it is to defend this metaphysical libertarian position. So they tend to opt for two other theories: responsibility skepticism (which denies the very possibility of free will and responsibility) and compatibilism (which reduces free will and responsibility to properties that are compatible with determinism). In opposition to both of these theories, Levy explains how free will and responsibility are indeed metaphysically possible. But he also cautions against the dogma that metaphysical libertarianism is actually true, a widespread belief that continues to cause serious social, political, and legal harms. Levy's book presents a crisp, tight, historically informed discussion, with fresh clarity, insight, and originality. It will become one of the definitive resources for students, academics, and general readers in this critical intersection among metaphysics, ethics, and criminal law. Key features: Presents a unique, qualified defense of metaphysical libertarianism, the idea that our choices, decisions, and actions can be fully self-determined. Written clearly, accessibly, and with minimal jargon - rare for a book on the very difficult issues of free will and responsibility. Seamlessly connects philosophical, legal, psychological, and political issues. Will be provocative and insightful for professional philosophers, students, and non-philosophers.

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Author:   Ken M. Levy
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Weight:   0.549kg
ISBN:  

9780815369653


ISBN 10:   0815369654
Pages:   198
Publication Date:   12 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Ken M. Levy is the Holt B. Harrison Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. He has written chapters for anthologies published by Oxford, Routledge, and Sage, and he has published many articles in both philosophy journals and law reviews.

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