Free Will: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 6, 2004

byThomas Pink

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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some of them trivial, and some so consequential that they may change the course of our life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free? Or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond ourcontrol? 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 Very Short Introduction, written by a leading authority on the subject, 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. It provides a interestingand incisive introduction to this perennially fascinating subject.

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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some of them trivial, and some so consequential that they may change the course of our life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free? Or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond ourcontrol? Is the feeling that we could have made ...

Thomas Pink is Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London. He works mainly in ethics, philosophy of mind and action, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. He also works on medieval and early modern philosophy. His publications include The Psychology of Freedom (CUP, 1996), and the edited collection (with Martin Stone) Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:July 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853589

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Table of Contents

1. The free will problem2. Freedom as free will3. Compatibilism and reason4. Compatibilism and nature5. Morality without freedom?6. Libertarianism and scepticism7. Self-determination and the will8. Freedom and its place in nature