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Free Will

Thomas Pink

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780192853585
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776366 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Free Will

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Free Will: A Very Short Introduction asks: Are our choices really free? Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices. Are these choices ours, 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, why should we be held morally responsible for our actions? This VSI looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical question, exploring it from the ideas of the Greek and medieval philosophers through to the thoughts of present-day thinkers.

Keywords: action; free Will; Thomas Hobbes; Immanuel Kant; morality; nature; randomness; reason; responsibility; scepticism; self-determination

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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Freedom as free will in Free Will

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