Making Sense Of Your Freedom: Philosophy For The Perplexed

Paperback | March 15, 2005

byJames W Felt

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Written for general readers and students, this book provides an accessible and brief metaphysical defense of freedom. James W. Felt, S.J., invites his audience to consider that we are responsible for what we do precisely because we do it freely. His perspective runs counter to the philosophers who argue that the freedom humans feel in their actions is merely an illusion. Felt argues in detail that there are no compelling reasons for thinking we are not free, and very strong ones for thinking that we are. The view that Felt develops parallels that of the French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859–1941). In the course of his analysis, Felt considers determinism, compatibilism, agency, and the problem of evil. Featuring an updated list of suggested readings, this clearly and engagingly written introductory work is ideal for the undergraduate classroom.

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Written for general readers and students, this book provides an accessible and brief metaphysical defense of freedom. James W. Felt, S.J., invites his audience to consider that we are responsible for what we do precisely because we do it freely. His perspective runs counter to the philosophers who argue that the freedom humans feel in ...

James W. Felt, S.J., is professor emeritus of philosophy at Santa Clara University. He has published a number of books, including Human Knowing: A Prelude to Metaphysics (2005), Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today (2007), and Adventures in Unfashionable Philosophy (2009), all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:March 15, 2005Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026802877X

ISBN - 13:9780268028770

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"The issue of free will and determinism is one of the few perennial philosophical controversies that captures the interest of the general reader and is directly relevant to how one perceives one's everyday experience. . . . This is overall a readable and insightful attempt to solve a problem that is at the center of human experience."—Catholic Library World