About the Author : Brief Biography

Robert Kane (Ph. D. Yale University) is University Distinguished Professor of Philo­sophy Emeritus and Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin.

He is the author of seven books and more than eighty articles on the philosophy of mind, free will and action, ethics, value theory, political philosophy and philosophy of religion, inclu­ding: Free Will and Values (1985), Through the Moral Maze (1994), The Signifi­cance of Free Will (Oxford Univer­sity Press, 1996), A Contem­pora­ry Introduction to Free Will (Oxford, 2005), and Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is editor of The Ox­ford Handbook of Free Will (2002, 2nd edition, 2011), and other col­lections, and a multi­ple contri­bu­tor to the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.

His audio lec­ture series, The Quest for Mea­ning: Va­lues, Ethics and the Modern Experience, ap­pears in The Great Courses on Tape Series of The Teaching Company (Chantilly, Virgi­nia). His book, The Significance of Free Will, was the first annual winner of the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award. His article on “The Modal Ontological Argument” (Mind­, 1984), was se­lec­ted by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of ten best of 1984.

The recipient of seventeen major teaching awards at the University of Texas, including the Presi­dent’s Excellence Award for teaching in the University’s Honors Program, he was named in 1995 one of the initial members of the Universi­ty’s Aca­demy of Distin­guished Tea­chers. He is known internationally for his defense of a traditional view of free will that is incompatible with determinism and for his attempt to reconcile such a view of with modern science, and to spell out its implications for ethics, values, moral responsibi­lity, politics and law.



The Significance of Free Will Through the Moral Maze Free Will and Values


The Oxford Handbook of Free Will A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will
Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom