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Excellent defense of compatibalism

Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting - Daniel C. Dennett

Here, Dennett offers a highly cogent defense of compatibalism - the notion that determinism and free will are not in conflict. Dennett defends a "free will worth wanting" - that is, one that apportions moral responsibility to us as thinking, feeling and conscious agents, but that doesn't rely on any spooky notions of immaterial minds or souls detached from the physical universe.


Challenging, but not overly technical, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in questions of free will, morality and our place in the material order of the universe. This is a serious work in both scientific and moral philosophy, and Dennett's skill as a writer makes it accessible to all interested readers.