and Experience : Self-Determination Without Illusions by
Most of us take it for granted that we are free agents: that we
can sometimes act so as to shape our own lives and those of others, that we have choices about how to do so and that
we are responsible for what we do. But are we really justified in believing this? For centuries philosophers have argued
about whether free will and moral responsibility are compatible with determinism or natural causation, and they seem no closer to
agreeing about it now than at any time in the past. Many contemporary
philosophers have come to the conclusion that the intractability of the old
argument about free will and determinism is caused by deep rooted illusions
and inconsistencies in our unreflective attitudes about moral responsibility and
freedom to act. Kevin Magill challenges this view and argues that the
philosophical stalemate about free will has arisen through lack of attention to
the content of the experiences that shape our understanding of free will and
agency and through a mistaken belief that the concept of moral responsibility
requires a moral and metaphysical justification. The book sets out an original
account of the various ways we experience choosing, deciding and acting,
which reconciles the apparently opposing intuitions that have fuelled the
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