•  94
    The Unhelpfulness of Indeterminism
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 149-155. 2000.
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    Excerpts from John Martin Fischer's Discussion with Members of the Audience
    with Scott MacDonald, John Martin Fischer, Carl Ginet, Joseph Margolis, Mark Case, Elie Noujain, and Derk Pereboom
    The Journal of Ethics 4 (4). 2000.
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    The Significance of Free Will
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 129-134. 1996.
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    Two kinds of incompatibilism
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (2): 219-54. 1989.
    The present essay is about this problem of the intelligibility of incompatibilist freedom. I do not think Kant, Nagel and Strawson are right in thinking that incompatibilist theories cannot be made intelligible to theoretical reason, nor are those many others right who think that incompatibilist accounts of freedom must be essentially mysterious or terminally obscure. I doubt if I can say enough in one short paper to convince anyone of these claims who is not already persuaded. But I hope to per…Read more
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    Libertarianism and rationality revisited
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 26 (3): 441-60. 1988.
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    Liberation from Self: A Theory of Personal Autonomy
    Philosophical Review 106 (4): 599. 1997.
    Perhaps the best way to understand the novelty of Berofsky’s approach is to discuss two prevailing views about autonomy he rejects. On one of these views, we have the following picture: Autonomous agents develop powers to critically reflect upon and evaluate their past and present motivations. Such reflection inevitably leads to conflicts between reflective evaluation and existing motivation. The workaholic judges that he should spend more time with his family; the smoker does not want to have t…Read more
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    Compatibilismo
    Critica -. 2005.
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    Ultimate Responsibility in a Deterministic WorldThe Significance of Free Will (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 135. 2000.
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    Interview by Simon Cushing
    with Simon Cushing
    Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (Philosophical Profiles). 2017.
    Simon Cushing conducted the following interview with Robert Kane on 24 August 2017.
  •  131
    The Significance of Free Will by Robert KaneThe Significance of Free Will (review)
    with John Martin Fischer
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 141. 2000.
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    Precis of The Significance of Free WillThe Significance of Free Will
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 129. 2000.
  • A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (1): 185-186. 2007.
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    II—Acting ‘of One's Own Free Will’: Modern Reflections on an Ancient Philosophical Problem
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 114 (1pt1): 35-55. 2014.
    Over the past five decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will according to which it requires that agents be to some degree ultimately responsible for the formation of their own wills. To act ‘of one's own free will’ in this sense is to act ‘from a will’ that is to some extent ‘of one's own free making’. A free will of this ultimate kind has been under attack in the modern era as obscure and unintelligible. In this paper, I discuss the arguments for such a view and compare it…Read more
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    New Directions on Free Will
    The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2 135-142. 1999.
    Libertarian or incompatibilist conceptions of free will have been under withering attack in the modern era of Western philosophy as obscure and unintelligible and have been dismissed as outdated by many twentieth century philosophers and scientists because of their supposed lack of fit with modern images of human beings in the natural and human sciences. In a recent book, I attempt to reconcile incompatibilist free will with new images of human beings emerging in the physical, biological, behavi…Read more
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    Libertarianism
    Philosophical Studies 144 (1): 35-44. 2009.
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    Free Will: New Directions for an Ancient Problem: A Reply to Allen and Rogers
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81 291-302. 2007.
    Over the past three decades, I have been developing a distinctive view of free will motivated by a desire to reconcile a non-determinist view of free will with modern science as well as with recent developments in philosophy. A view of free will of the kind I defend did not exist in a developed form before the 1980s, but is now discussed in the philosophical literature as one of three chief options an incompatibilist or libertarian view of free will might take. As such, this view has been the su…Read more
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    Freedom, Will, and Nature
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 81 291-302. 2007.
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    Searching for Wisdom About the Good in Theory and Practice
    Social Theory and Practice 39 (2): 328-342. 2013.
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    Charles Hartshorne, 1897-2000
    with G. Douglas Browning, Donald Viney, and Stephen Phillips
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 74 (5). 2001.
    An obituary notice outlining the main aspects of Charles Hartshorne's life, career, and thought.
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    _Some say there is no progress in philosophy, and certainly there is one sense in_ _which they are wrong. There are at least significant developments in philosophical_ _doctrines that have been persistently advocated in the past. With confidence I leave_ _you to arrive at a satisfactory understanding of 'significant'. There is no doubt that_ _Robert Kane has made some progress, probably more than any other contemporary_ _philosopher, in the laying out and defending of the doctrine that an unders…Read more
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    This paper responds to three critical essays on my book, The Significance of Free Will(Oxford, 1996) by Randolph Clarke, Istiyaque Haji and Alfred Mele (which essays appear in this issue and an earlier issue of this journal). This response first explains crucial features of the theory of free will of the book, including the notion of ultimate responsibility.The paper then answers objections of Haji and Mele that the occurrence of undetermined choices would be matters of luck or chance, and so co…Read more
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    Commentaries on David Hodgson's "a plain person's free will"
    with Graham Cairns-Smith, Thomas W. Clark, Ravi Gomatam, Nicholas Maxwell, J. J. C. Smart, Sean A. Spence, and Henry P. Stapp
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (1): 20-75. 2005.
    REMARKS ON EVOLUTION AND TIME-SCALES, Graham Cairns-Smith; HODGSON'S BLACK BOX, Thomas Clark; DO HODGSON'S PROPOSITIONS UNIQUELY CHARACTERIZE FREE WILL?, Ravi Gomatam; WHAT SHOULD WE RETAIN FROM A PLAIN PERSON'S CONCEPT OF FREE WILL?, Gilberto Gomes; ISOLATING DISPARATE CHALLENGES TO HODGSON'S ACCOUNT OF FREE WILL, Liberty Jaswal; FREE AGENCY AND LAWS OF NATURE, Robert Kane; SCIENCE VERSUS REALIZATION OF VALUE, NOT DETERMINISM VERSUS CHOICE, Nicholas Maxwell; COMMENTS ON HODGSON, J.J.C. Smart; T…Read more