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John Fischer
University of California, Riverside
  1. The Zygote Argument Remixed.J. M. Fischer - 2011 - Analysis 71 (2):267-272.
    John and Mary have fully consensual sex, but they do not want to have a child, so they use contraception with the intention of avoiding pregnancy. Unfortunately, although they used the contraception in the way in which it is supposed to be used, Mary has become pregnant. The couple decides to have the baby, whom they name ‘Ernie’. Now we fill in the story a bit. The universe is causally deterministic, and 30 years later Ernie performs some action A and (...)
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  2. The Truth About Freedom: A Reply to Merricks.J. M. Fischer & P. Todd - 2011 - Philosophical Review 120 (1):97-115.
    In his recent essay in the Philosophical Review, “Truth and Freedom,” Trenton Merricks contends (among other things) that the basic argument for the incompatibility of God's foreknowledge and human freedom is question-begging. He relies on a “truism” to the effect that truth depends on the world and not the other way around. The present essay argues that mere invocation of this truism does not establish that the basic argument for incompatibilism is question-begging. Further, it seeks to clarify important elements of (...)
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    Freedom and Responsibility.J. M. Fischer - 2001 - Mind 110 (438):432-438.
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  4. In Fischer, Kane Et Al.J. M. Fischer - 2007 - In John Martin Fischer (ed.), Four Views on Free Will. Blackwell.
     
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    'Ought-Implies-Can', Causal Determinism and Moral Responsibility.J. M. Fischer - 2003 - Analysis 63 (3):244-250.
  6. The Near-Death Experience Argument Against Physicalism: A Critique.B. Mitchell-Yellin & J. M. Fischer - 2014 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (7-8):158-183.
    Physicalism is the thesis that everything is physical, including the mind. One argument against physicalism appeals to neardeath experiences, conscious experiences during episodes, such as cardiac arrest, when one's normal brain functions are severely impaired. The core contention is that NDEs cannot be physically explained, and so we have reason to appeal to the non-physical in explaining them. In this paper, we consider in detail a recent article by Pim van Lommel in which he appeals to NDEs in arguing against (...)
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  7. Freedom and Determinism.J. M. Fischer - 1992 - In Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ethics. Garland Publishing. pp. 385--388.
     
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  8. Recent Work on Moral Philosophy.J. M. Fischer - 1999 - Ethics 110 (1):93-139.
     
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  9. The Direct Argument: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello.J. M. Fischer - 2008 - In Nick Trakakis & Daniel Cohen (eds.), Essays on Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 209--223.
  10. Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29).Peter A. French, Howard Wettstein & J. M. Fischer (eds.) - 2005 - Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Near-Death Experiences: To the Edge of the Universe.J. M. Fischer - 2020 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 27 (11-12):166-191.
    Most discussions of near-death experiences (NDEs) in both the academic and popular literature contend that they establish ('prove') supernaturalism (about NDEs): they show that the mind is not the brain (and can continue after the brain stops functioning), and they bring us into contact with non-physical realms. I believe that the evidence provided by NDEs for supernaturalism is not persuasive, but I offer an alternative, naturalistic interpretation of these phenomena. On this interpretation, NDEs are 'real' in both senses of the (...)
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    Naturalism and the Beauty of Near-Death Experiences: Replies to Commentators.J. M. Fischer - 2020 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 27 (11-12):244-263.
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    Review: Alfred R. Mele: Free Will and Luck. [REVIEW]J. M. Fischer - 2008 - Mind 117 (465):195-201.
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    Newcomb's Problem: A Reply to Carlson.J. M. Fischer - 2001 - Analysis 61 (3):229-236.