•  1015
    A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will
    Oxford University Press. 2005.
    Accessible to students with no background in the subject, A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all the latest views on this central problem of philosophy. Opening with a concise introduction to the history of the problem of free will--and its place in the history of philosophy--the book then turns to contemporary debates and theories about free will, determinism, and related subjects like moral responsibility, coercion, compulsion, autonomy, a…Read more
  •  673
    Responsibility, Luck, and Chance
    Journal of Philosophy 96 (5): 217-240. 1999.
    Consider the following principle: (LP) If an action is undetermined at a time t, then its happening rather than not happening at t would be a matter of chance or luck, and so it could not be a free and responsible action. This principle (which we may call the luck principle, or simply LP) is false, as I shall explain shortly. Yet it seems true.
  •  517
    Free will, determinism, and indeterminism
    In Harald Atmanspacher & Robert C. Bishop (eds.), Between Chance and Choice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism, Thorverton Uk: Imprint Academic. pp. 371--406. 2002.
  •  501
    The Significance of Free Will
    Oxford University Press USA. 1996.
    Robert Kane provides a critical overview of debates about free will of the past half century, relating this recent inquiry to the broader history of the free will issue and to vital currents of twentieth century thought. Kane also defends a traditional libertarian or incompatibilist view of free will, employing arguments that are both new to philosophy and that respond to contemporary developments in physics and biology, neuro science, and the cognitive and behavioral sciences.
  •  379
    _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
  •  358
    The Oxford Handbook of Free Will (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2002.
    This comprehensive reference provides an exhaustive guide to current scholarship on the perennial problem of Free Will--perhaps the most hotly and voluminously debated of all philosophical problems. While reference is made throughout to the contributions of major thinkers of the past, the emphasis is on recent research. The essays, most of which are previously unpublished, combine the work of established scholars with younger thinkers who are beginning to make significant contributions. Taken as…Read more
  •  315
    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
  •  302
    Free will and responsibility: Ancient dispute, new themes (review)
    The Journal of Ethics 4 (4): 313-417. 2000.
  •  248
    Free Will (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2001.
    _ _ _Free Will_ brings together the essential readings on the debate of free will and determinism.Written by top scholars in the field, the essays represent some of the clearest and most accessible thinking on this subject. The introduction offers a concise yet thorough mapping of this age-old debate as well as a helpful overview of the selections
  •  160
    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
  •  155
    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
  •  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.
  •  120
    Libertarianism
    In John Martin Fischer (ed.), Philosophical Studies, Blackwell. 2007.
  •  111
    Free will: The elusive ideal (review)
    Philosophical Studies 75 (1-2): 25-60. 1994.
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    Libertarian accounts of free will (review)
    Mind 115 (457): 136-142. 2006.
  •  105
    Moral Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Freedom of Will
    The Journal of Ethics 20 (1-3): 229-246. 2016.
    In his influential paper, “Freedom and Resentment,” P. F. Strawson argued that our ordinary practices of holding persons morally responsible and related reactive attitudes were wholly “internal” to the practices themselves and could be insulated from traditional philosophical and metaphysical concerns, including concerns about free will and determinism. This “insulation thesis” is a controversial feature of Strawson’s influential paper; and it has had numerous critics. The first purpose of this …Read more
  •  94
    The Unhelpfulness of Indeterminism
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 149-155. 2000.
  •  94
    The aim of this paper is to respond to recent discussion of, and objections to, the libertarian view of free will I have developed in many works over the past four decades. The issues discussed all have a bearing on the central question of how one might make sense of a traditional free will requiring indeterminism in the light of modern science. This task involves, among other things, avoiding all traditional libertarian appeals to unusual forms of agency or causation that cannot be accounted fo…Read more
  •  90
    Libertarianism
    Philosophical Studies 144 (1): 35-44. 2009.
  •  89
    Ultimate Responsibility in a Deterministic WorldThe Significance of Free Will (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (1): 135. 2000.
  •  84
    Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Free Will: Reflections on Wallace’s Theory (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3). 2002.
    R. Jay Wallace’s Responsibility and the Moral Sentiments develops an original compatibilist approach to issues about moral responsibility and freedom that cannot be ignored by anyone working on these topics. Wallace’s theory is “Strawsonian” in the sense that it is heavily indebted to P. F. Strawson’s influential work on reactive attitudes. But we would seriously underestimate the originality of Wallace’s accomplishment if we said that his theory was merely an extension of Strawson’s. It include…Read more
  •  83
    Free Will and Values
    State University of New York Press. 1985.
    _A philosophical analysis of free will and the relativity of values._