Free Will: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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"Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some trivial, and others so consequential that they may change the course of our life. But are these choices reality free? Or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions?" This very short introduction looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical ...
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Overview

"Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some trivial, and others so consequential that they may change the course of our life. But are these choices reality free? Or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions?" This very short introduction looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical question. Exploring free will through the ideas of the Greek and medieval philosophers up to present-day thinkers, Thomas Pink provides an introduction to this subject, and a new defence of the reality of human free will.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578311
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Publication date: 6/24/2004
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 853,396
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Pink is Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London. He is also an associate editor of Mind.

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Table of Contents

1 The free will problem 1
2 Freedom as free will 22
3 Reason 43
4 Nature 55
5 Morality without freedom? 73
6 Scepticism about libertarian freedom 80
7 Self-determination and the will 91
8 Freedom and its place in nature 104
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