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Epilogue: Raising a fist

Sean A Spence

in The actor's brain

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Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780198526667
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198526667.003.0012
Epilogue: Raising a fist

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Hence, this Epilogue represents my attempt to provide something of an antidote to these omissions. As we have concluded in Chapter 10, human freedom, if it exists, is a finite, limited resource: we are ‘hemmed in’ on all ‘sides’ by our genes, our environment, the habits of our thoughts, our cognitive ‘stamina’. Yet, there may be grounds for defending a small, ‘narrow’ freedom, in the immediate, lived present (the kind of freedom that the improviser pursues, albeit with varying success).

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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