Thinking about Free Will contains a selection of Peter van Inwagen's writings on free will and moral responsibility. In addition to several previously published essays, only one of which predates his landmark book (1983), the volume includes two new essays. To reread the classic articles is to be reminded not only of the unsurpassed rigor and clarity that van Inwagen has brought to these issues, but also of where he stands apart from mainstream views in a field he has done much to shape. One of the two new essays, “The Problem of Fr** W*ll,” draws together the main strands of van Inwagen's distinctive outlook.

As the essay's title suggests, van Inwagen believes that the expression ‘free will’ has accumulated some unhelpful baggage. To shed this baggage, we should replace this expression with talk of agents' abilities. Thus, instead of asking whether free will...

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