Free Will & Action

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

  • Filip Grgić
  • Davor Pećnjak

Part of the Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action book series (HSNA, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ljudevit Hanžek
    Pages 13-38
  3. Davor Pećnjak
    Pages 39-46
  4. Brian Garvey
    Pages 71-87
  5. Luca Malatesti, Filip Čeč
    Pages 89-101
  6. Filip Grgić
    Pages 103-115
  7. Hasse Hämäläinen
    Pages 117-130

About this book


This book consists of eleven new essays that provide new insights into classical and contemporary issues surrounding free will and human agency. They investigate topics such as the nature of practical knowledge and its role in intentional action; mental content and explanations of action; recent arguments for libertarianism; the situationist challenge to free will; freedom and a theory of narrative configuration; the moral responsibility of the psychopath; and free will and the indeterminism of quantum mechanics. Also tackling some historical precursors of contemporary debates, taken together these essays demonstrate the need for an approach that recognizes the multifaceted nature of free will. This book provides essential reading for anyone interested in the current scholarship on free will.


Aristotle’s Deliberation Compatibilism D’Holbach’s Conception of the Will Free Will and Quantum Indeterminacy Hobbess and Bramhall on Free Will Main Recent Arguments For Libertarianism Practical Knowledge and Action Explanation Situationism and Free Will Anscombian claim Ascriptions of wide mental content Ascriptions of narrow mental content Human deliberating Libertarian freedom Event-causal libertarian theory of free will

Editors and affiliations

  • Filip Grgić
    • 1
  • Davor Pećnjak
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyZagrebCroatia

Bibliographic information