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Freedom and neurobiology : reflections on free will, language, and political power

Author: John R Searle
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Series: Columbia themes in philosophy.
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"In Freedom and Neurobiology, the philosopher John Searle discusses the possibility of free will within the context of contemporary neurobiology. He begins by explaining the relationship between human reality and the more fundamental reality as described by physics and chemistry. Then he proposes a neurobiological resolution to the problem by demonstrating how various conceptions of free will have different  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Searle
ISBN: 0231137524 0231510551 9780231137522 9780231510554 9780231137522 9780231137539 0231137532
OCLC Number: 69331323
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Lectures presented in French in 2001 at the Sorbonne.
Description: 113 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Free will as a problem in neurobiology --
Social ontology and political power.
Series Title: Columbia themes in philosophy.
Other Titles: Liberté et neurobiologie.
Responsibility: John R. Searle.
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Discusses the possibility of free will within the context of contemporary neurobiology. This work argues that consciousness and rationality are crucial to our existence and that they are the result  Read more...

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This engaging small volume serves as a token reminder of how masterfully Searle manages to combine philosophical innovation with clarity of prose. -- Constantine Sandis Metapsychology 4/17/07 Clear Read more...

 
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