Will and World: A Study in Metaphysics

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byN. M. L. Nathan

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Beneath metaphysical problems there often lies a conflict between what we want to be true and what we believe to be true. Dr Nathan shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes their resolution as a general philospohical objective. he then studies in detail aset of interrelated oppositions about the freedom and the reality of the will. He shows how difficult it is to find a freedom either of decision or of action which is both an object of reflective desire and an object of rational dis belief. He also examines conflicts about volition as such,contending that the veridicality of volitional experience is no less easy to doubt than the veridicality of our experience of colours. In this context, arguments emerge for a voluntarist theory of the self.

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Dr. Nathan shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes their resolution as a general philosophical objective. He then studies in detail a set of interrelated oppositions about the freedom and the reality of the will. He shows how difficult it is to find a freedom either of decision or of action which i...

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Beneath metaphysical problems there often lies a conflict between what we want to be true and what we believe to be true. Dr Nathan shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes their resolution as a general philospohical objective. he then studies in detail aset of interrelated oppositions about the fr...

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Dr. Nathan shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes their resolution as a general philosophical objective. He then studies in detail a set of interrelated oppositions about the freedom and the reality of the will. He shows how difficult it is to find a freedom either of decision or of action which i...

N. M. L. Nathan is a Reader in Philosophy at University of Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:182 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Dr. Nathan shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes their resolution as a general philosophical objective. He then studies in detail a set of interrelated oppositions about the freedom and the reality of the will. He shows how difficult it is to find a freedom either of decision or of action which is both an object of reflective desire and an object of rational disbelief.

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'Nathan's account is distinctive in that it is unusually clear ... Nathan's bold imaginative book is full of interesting philosophy rigorously worked out. Those concerned about the freedom and reality of the will or about philosophical methodology can surely profit from studying it.'Raymond Martin, Mind, Vol. 102, No. 408, Oct '93