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Free Will: A Very Short Introduction
     

Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

by Thomas Pink
 

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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really 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

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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really 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?
Thomas Pink looks at the fundamental philosophical question of free will, critically examining the claim: If our actions are causally determined by events beyond our control, that means that we can never act freely, and so can never be held responsible for our actions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192853585
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/29/2003
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
363,834
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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