Free Will

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2000 - 184 страница
Free will remains one of the great problems in philosophy. Whether human choices and actions are causally determined or in some way free and the implications of opting for one position or the other on our moral, personal, and social lives continues to challenge philosophers. Written in a clear and uncomplicated style, this introduction to the problem of free will provides readers with a solid grasp of the central issues as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate the ideas and arguments involved. Free Will explores the determinist rejection of free will through detailed exposition of the central determinist argument and consideration of responses to each of its premises. At every stage familiar examples and case studies help frame and ground the argument. Focusing on a clear, single line of argument allows the author to demonstrate what scrupulous and persistent analytic philosophical inquiry looks and feels like in practice. The manner and approach used throughout encourage the reader to contribute to the debate as an engaged participant. Free Will will be welcomed by students looking for an engaging and clear introduction to the subject. As a rigorous exercise in philosophical argument it will serve the beginning philosophy student as an excellent spring board into the subject more generally.
 

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the issue
13
exposition
19
qualifications and clarifications
35
two varieties
53
the utilitarian position
69
the twolanguage view
79
The irrelevance of determinism
99
The very idea of causal necessity
113
Conclusions and reflections on philosophical
137
chaos theory and determinism
155
A guide to further reading
169
Bibliography
175
Index
181
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