Causation, Free Will, and Naturalism1

Jenann Ismael

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17 Scopus citations


This chapter addresses the worry that the existence of causal antecedents to your choices means that you are causally compelled to act as you do. It begins with the folk notion of cause, leads the reader through recent developments in the scientific understanding of causal concepts, and argues that those developments undermine the threat from causal antecedents. The discussion is then used as a model for a kind of naturalistic metaphysics that takes its lead from science, letting everyday concepts be shaped and transformed by scientific developments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScientific Metaphysics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191744983
ISBN (Print)9780199696499
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013


  • Causal antecedents
  • Free will
  • Interventionism
  • Naturalistic metaphysics
  • Scientific developments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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