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Free will and modern science

Author: Richard Swinburne; British Academy.; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Series: British Academy original paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Do humans have a free choice of which actions to perform? Three recent developments of modern science can help us to answer this question. First, new investigative tools have enabled us to study the processes in our brains which accompanying our decisions. The pioneer work of Benjamin Libet has led many neuroscientists to hold the view that our conscious intentions do not cause our bodily movements but merely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Named Person: Kurt Gödel; Benjamin Libet; Mathematik; Physik
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Swinburne; British Academy.; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780197264898 0197264891
OCLC Number: 751794764
Notes: "Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press."
Description: xviii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : plan of the volume / richard Swinburne --
Does brain science change our view of free will? / Patrick Haggard --
Libet and the case for free will scepticism / Tim Bayne --
Physicalism and the determination of action / Frank Jackson --
Dualism and the determination of action / Richard Winburne --
On determinacy or its absence in the brain / Harald Atmanspacher and Stefan Rotter --
Gödel's incompleteness theorems, free will and mathematical thought / Solomon Feferman --
Feferman on Gödel and free will : a response to chapter 6 / J.R. Lucas --
The impossibility of ultimate responsibility? / Galen Strawson --
Moral responsibility and the concept of agency / Helen Steward --
Substance dualisma nd its rationale / Howard Robinson --
What kind of responsibility must criminal law presuppose? / R.A. Duff.
Series Title: British Academy original paperbacks.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Swinburne.

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Do humans have the kind of free will which makes them morally responsible for their actions? Essays by distinguished scientists and philosophers investigate whether neuroscience, Quantum theory or  Read more...

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