How Free Are You?: The Determinism Problem

Paperback | April 1, 2002

byTed Honderich

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This is a fully revised, enlarged and up-to-date edition of Ted Honderich's modern classic 'How Free Are You? The Determinism Problem'. In the first four chapters, he sets out a determinist philosophy of mind, in response to the question 'Is there a really clear, consistent andcomplete version of determinism?' He also considers whether there is such an adequate version of the free will doctrine. He goes on to the question of whether determinism is refuted by Quantum Theory or anything else ... and then the question of what we are to conclude about ourlives if it is true. The tradition of Incompatibilist philosophers says that if it is true we cannot be free and responsible. Compatibilist philosophers say we still can be. Ted Honderich rejects both traditions, and proposes an affirmative attitude to determinism ... beforecoming to new thoughts about the very nature of the problem. He offers a concise and lively introduction to the problem of determinism and freedom, as well as advancing the debate further in this fundamental part of the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. Essential reading for philosophers and all others faced by the great problem.

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This is a fully revised, enlarged and up-to-date edition of Ted Honderich's modern classic 'How Free Are You? The Determinism Problem'. In the first four chapters, he sets out a determinist philosophy of mind, in response to the question 'Is there a really clear, consistent andcomplete version of determinism?' He also considers...

Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus, University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.41 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199251975

ISBN - 13:9780199251971

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Two Suspect Theories2. Real and Other Effects3. Mind and Brain4. Causation? Origination?5. Our Actions6. Neuroscience and Quantum Theory7. Shots in the Foot?8. Dismay, Intransigence9. Compatibilism and Incompatibilism10. Affirmation11. Punishment, Society, Politics12. And yet...GlossaryA Note on Further ReadingBibliographyIndex

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`'If you feel strong enough read this book; if not be glad that it has been written; this is main stream philosophy and its conclusions are encouraging.''New Directions July 2002