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The Big Picture

David Hodgson

in Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845309
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.003.0013

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Big Picture

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In Chapter 12, I consider what my approach to free will suggests about our universe and ourselves, contending that our universe is not one of ‘blind pitiless indifference,’ as Richard Dawkins would have it; but that the existence of consciousness and rationality and the embedding of values in the universe are indicative of a universe that is in some sense benevolently creative. On the other hand, I contend there is no sound basis for accepting the literal truth of any religion, and indeed that fundamentalist religion of any kind has the potential for great evil.

Keywords: experienced universe; embedded values; empowerment; guidance; religion; purpose; God; evil

Chapter.  8704 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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