This section contains the course texts and a list of readings by session.
Many of the readings are from the four main texts:
Of these, only the Watson, which is a recent collection of key papers, is really essential to start with. The Fischer and Ravizza provides a number of additional papers that might be interesting; but I wouldn't advise buying it straightaway unless you are very keen. The Dennett and Wegner books raise various issues about the bearing of empirical work; we'll be discussing this towards the end of the course.
In addition, a number of other books are available:
|2||The Classical Compatibilist Account||
Nagel, Thomas. "Freedom." In Free Will.
Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. 1651, chapter XXI.
|3||Refining the Consequence Argument and "Could have done otherwise"||
Watson. "Introduction." In Free Will. pp. 1-4.
As much as you feel you can read of:
van Inwagen, Peter. "An Argument for Incompatibilism." In Free Will.
Notes on Modal Logic and Counterfactuals (see lecture notes)
|4||Denying Closure of Unavoidability||Slote, Michael. "Selective Necessity and the Free-Will Problem." Journal of Philosophy 79 (1982).|
|5||Lewis on Law Breaking||
Lewis, David. "Are we free to break the laws?" In Free Will.
For background on this have a look at:
———. "Counterfactual Dependence and Time's Arrow." Noûs 13 (1979): 455-76.
Stalnaker, Robert. "Possible Worlds." Nous 10, no. 1 (March 1976): 65-75.
Rosen, Gideon. "Modal Fictionalism." Mind, New Series, 99, no. 395 (July 1990): 327-354.
|7||More Modal Metaphysics||
Lewis's footnote on impossible worlds:
|8||Libertarianism I||Clarke, Randolph. "Toward a Credible Agent-Causal Account of Free Will." Noûs 27, no. 2 (1993): 191-203.|
|9||Libertarianism II||Kane, Robert. "Two Kinds of Incompatibilism." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50, no. 2 (1989): 219-254.|
Heinlein, Robert. "By His Bootstraps." Astounding Science Fiction (October 1941). Under pseudonym Anson MacDonald. Reprinted in The Menace From Earth. New York, NY: Baen Books, 1999 (1959). ISBN: 0671578022.
Lewis, David. "The Paradoxes of Time Travel." American Philosophical Quarterly 13 (1976): 145-52.
|11||Frankfurt on Alternate Possibilities||
Frankfurt, Harry. "Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility." The Journal of Philosophy 66, no. 23 (December 4, 1969): 829-839.
Locke, John. "Anticipation of Frankfurt" In Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Book II, 1689, chapter XXI, section 10.
|12||Reactions to Frankfurt|
|13||Strawson||Strawson, Peter. "Freedom and Resentment." In Free Will.|
|14||Reactions to Strawson||
Watson, Gary. "Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian Theme." In Perspectives on Moral Responsibility.
Wolf, Susan. "The Importance of Freewill." Mind, New Series, 90 (1981).
|15||Frankfurt's Higher Order Account||Frankfurt, Harry. "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person." Journal of Philosophy 68 (1971).|
|16||Reactions to Frankfurt||Watson, Gary. "Free Action and Free Will." Mind, New Series, 96 (1987).|
|17||Reason Responsiveness; Wolf||Wolf, Susan. "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility." In Free Will.|
|18||Choosing; Intentions; Weakness of Will||Holton, Richard. "Intention and Weakness of Will." Journal of Philosophy 96 (1999): 241-62.|
|19||Choice and Freedom|
|20||Choice and Knowledge||Velleman, David. "Freedom." Chapter 5 in Practical Reflection. New Haven, CT: Princeton University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0691073376.|
|21||Empirical Work: Social Psychology I||
Wegner, Daniel M., and Thalia Wheatley. "Apparent Mental Causation." American Psychologist 54, no. 7 (July 1999): 480-492.
Wegner, Daniel M. The Illusion of Conscious Will. Especially chapters 1-3.
|22||Empirical Work: Social Psychology II||
Dancy, Jonathan. "Arguments From Illusion." Philosophical Quarterly 45, no. 181 (October 1995).
Byrne, Alex. "Some Like It HOT: consciousness and higher-order thoughts." Philosophical Studies 86, no. 2 (May 1997): 103-129.
Yaffe, Gideon. "Recent Work on Addiction and Responsible Agency." Philosophy and Public Affairs 30 (2002).
Robinson, Terry E., and Kent C. Berridge. "Addiction." Annual Review of Psychology 54 (2003): 25-53.
Berridge, Kent C., and Terry E. Robinson. "The Mind of an Addicted Brain." Current Directions in Psychological Science 4/3 (1995).
Watson, Gary. "Excusing Addiction." Law and Philosophy 3, no. 4 (1999): 351-365.