Freedom and Belief: Revised Edition

Paperback | September 19, 2010

byGalen Strawson

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This is a revised and updated edition of Galen Strawson's groundbreaking first book, where he argues that there is a fundamental sense in which there is no such thing as free will or true moral responsibility (as this is ordinarily understood). This conclusion is very hard to accept. On thewhole we continue to believe firmly both that we have free will and that we are truly morally responsible for what we do. Strawson devotes much of the book to an attempt to explain why this is so. He examines various aspects of the 'cognitive phenomenology' of freedom - the nature, causes, andconsequences of our deep commitment to belief in freedom. In particular, he considers at length a number of problems that are raised by the suggestion that, if freedom were possible, believing oneself to be a free agent would be a necessary condition of being a free agent.

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This is a revised and updated edition of Galen Strawson's groundbreaking first book, where he argues that there is a fundamental sense in which there is no such thing as free will or true moral responsibility (as this is ordinarily understood). This conclusion is very hard to accept. On thewhole we continue to believe firmly both that ...

Galen Strawson is Professor of Philosophy at Reading University, UK, and a Regular Visitor at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Prior to that he was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center, New York (2004-07); Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Jesus College, Oxford (1987-2000). He has also held visiting positions a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247501

ISBN - 13:9780199247509

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Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Edition (2010)Preface1. Introduction2. Libertarianism, Action, and Self-determination3. Kant and Commitment4. Commitment, Illusion, and Truth5. Non-rational Commitment: A View of Freedom6. Phenomenology, Commitment, and What Might Happen7. Objectivism: Preliminaries8. Choice9. Self-consciousness10. Evidence and Independence11. Contravention and Convention12. The Spectator Subject and Integration13. The Natural Epictetans14. The Experience of Ability to Choose15. Subjectivism and Experience of Freedom16. Antinomy and TruthAppendicesBibliographyIndex

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"This is an honest and challenging work, full of subtle arguments and imaginiative examples, and should be read by anyone interested in philosophical problems about human freedom." --Robert Kane, International Philosophical Quarterly