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Author: Thomas Pink
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Very short introductions.
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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 our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, why should  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Pink, Thomas.
Free will.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(DLC) 2004049253
(OCoLC)54929766
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Pink
ISBN: 9780191518065 0191518069 1280753269 9781280753268 9780191776366 019177636X
OCLC Number: 77519071
Description: 1 online resource (132 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: The free will problem --
Freedom as free will --
Reason --
Nature --
Morality without freedom? --
Scepticism about libertarian freedom --
Self-determination and the will --
Freedom and its place in nature.
Series Title: Very short introductions.
Responsibility: Thomas 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 our control? 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 interesting and incisive introduction to this perennially fascinating subject.

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