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Restorative Free Will: Back to the Biological Base (Hardback)
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Restorative Free Will: Back to the Biological Base (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 22/10/2015
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Restorative Free Will examines free will as an adaptive capacity that evolved in humans and many other species, and restores free will to species excluded by claims of human uniqueness. Restorative Free Will recognizes the basic biological value of both libertarian and compatibilist elements of free will, and explains how these traditionally opposed accounts of free will capture an essential element of foraging animals' free will.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498522380
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 238 x 157 x 24 mm


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I cannot recommend this book more highly. Questioning many contemporary assumptions about free will and moral responsibility, Waller's book is daring, thought-provoking, and a must-read for anyone interested in the free will debate. . . .Waller's account of restorative free will is original and provocative. It will give readers much to think about. His writing is clear, direct, often humorous, and always insightful . . . Waller raises important and difficult questions, forcing us to reconsider our assumptions about human uniqueness, moral responsibility, and free will. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Once we cast aside the theologically-inspired notion that humans are discontinuous with the rest of the animal kingdom, we are better able to situate the phenomenon of free will as simply a biological adaptation. So argues Waller in a book manifesting his characteristic virtues of clarity, forcefulness, and verve. I urge anyone with even a passing interest in the free will debate to save space on their shelf for this original and provocative monograph. -- Mark Bernstein, Joyce & Edward E. Brewer Chair in Applied Ethics, Purdue University
Bruce Waller has long argued against moral responsibility and the pernicious nature of just deserts but in Restorative Free Will he sets out to defend a provocative and original account of free will-one which is naturalistic, non-miraculous, and liberated from the burden of moral responsibility. Questioning many contemporary assumptions about free will and moral responsibility, Waller's book is daring, thought provoking, and a true must-read for anyone interested in the free will debate. I cannot recommend it more highly! -- Gregg Caruso, Corning Community College (SUNY)

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