Free Will

Free Will

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2004
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Blackwell North Amer
Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some trivial, and others so consequential that they may change the course of our life. But are these choices reality free? 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, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions?
This very short introduction looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical question. Exploring free will through the ideas of the Greek and medieval philosophers up to present-day thinkers, Thomas Pink provides an introduction to this subject, and a new defence of the reality of human free will.

Oxford University Press
Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choicesreally free, 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, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions?
Thomas Pink looks at the fundamental philosophical question of free will, critically examining the claim: If our actions are causally determined by events beyond our control, that means that we can never act freely, and so can never be held responsible for our actions.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780192853585
0192853589
Branch Call Number: 123.5 PIN
Characteristics: 132 p. : ill. ; 18 cm

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