Dr. Robert Hilary Kane is one of the world’s leading defenders of an anti-determinist conception of free will. He is internationally known for his efforts to reconcile such a notion with modern science and a renowned defender of an incompatibilist and libertarian view of free will. Dr. Kane currently serves as distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy and a law professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the college as a philosophy professor in 1985, Dr. Kane held a professorship role at Haverford College. His first appointment in academia was as an assistant professor of philosophy at Fordham University.
Basing his books on the philosophy of mind and action, ethical theory and social ethics, and the theory of value and philosophy of religion, Dr. Kane is the author of “Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom,” “A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will,” “Through the Moral Maze: Searching for Absolute Values in a Pluralistic World,” and “The Significance of Free Will,” which won a prominent literature award and was the subject of symposia in major journals in Europe and the United States. He is also the editor of “Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates,” and “The Oxford Handbook of Free Will, 2nd Edition.”
Born in Boston, Mass., Dr. Kane earned a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College in 1960, and subsequently obtained a master’s degree from Yale University in 1962. Two years later, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale. An inaugural member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kane is the recipient of the esteemed Quality of Life Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Both the Illinois and Texas groups of NAMI bestowed the honor upon Dr. Kane in 1993.
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