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Making sense of your freedom : philosophy for the perplexed

Author: James W Felt
Publisher: Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 1994.
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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  Read more...
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Felt, James W., 1926-
Making sense of your freedom.
Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)607802089
Online version:
Felt, James W., 1926-
Making sense of your freedom.
Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)623122341
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James W Felt
ISBN: 0801429080 9780801429088 0801481910 9780801481918
OCLC Number: 29255281
Description: xi, 110 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. A First Look at Freedom. What Is Freedom? Signs of Freedom. The Menace of Determinism ---
2. Why Freedom Seems Impossible. Physical Determinism. Psychological Determinism. Logical Determinism. Rational Determinism ---
3. Is Compatibilism Believable? A Philosophic Compass. The Argument for Compatibilism from Internal and External Coincidence. The Argument from What Might Have Been. Determinism and Freedom as Belonging to Different Realms. Determinism as Required by Freedom. Conclusion: Determinism Is Incompatible with Freedom ---
4. Why the Case for Determinism Fails. Against Physical Determinism. Against Psychological Determinism. Against Rational Determinism ---
5. Fatalism, and Truth About the Future. Four Assertions about Truth and the Future. Three Principles of Being and Becoming ---
6. Two Faces of Time. Clock Time. Lived Time. Further Reflections on the Two Times ---
7. Causality, Time, and Agency. Inadequacy of the Common Conception of Causality. Characteristics of Agency. The Time of Agency. Agency and Creative Becoming ---
8. Becoming, Freedom, and the Problem of Evil --
9. Your Freedom and You. Where We Have Arrived (Summary). On Becoming Yourself.
Responsibility: James W. Felt.

Abstract:

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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