Liberty and Necessity

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI:
Liberty and Necessity

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Spinoza attributes the illusion of freedom to our consciousness of our actions, decisions, and desires and our ignorance of their causes. The chapter disputes the thesis that emotions and attitudes, together with the associated sense of freedom, of self and of other selves, rest upon a belief, or beliefs, incompatible with the doctrine of the universal reign or natural causality.

Keywords: Spinoza; freedom; natural causality; belief

Chapter.  4465 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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