How Free are You?

How Free are You? : Determinism Problem

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This is a concise introduction to one of the central questions of philosophy that should be of interest to students and general readers - are humans subject to determinism of do we posess free will, and thus responsibility for our actions? The first six chapters of the book deal with the rival claims of the two theories and investigate whether either of them is clear, consistent, complete and demonstrably true. This inquiry in itself amounts to a complete philosophy of mind. The last four chapters deal with the implications of determinism and its significance in our public and private actions. Honderich examines the doctrines of compatibilism, which argues that humans are subject to causation but nevertheless free; and incompatibilism, which sees determinism and freedom as mutually exclusive. This debate has been one of philosophy's main battlegrounds for centuries, with thinkers as distinguished as Hume and Kant in opposite camps.show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192831399
  • 9780192831392

Table of contents

Introduction to two suspect theories; real and other effects; the mind-brain connection; causation? origination?; our actions; neuroscience and quantum theory; shots in the foot?; dismay, intransigence; compatibilism and incompatibilism; affirmation; punishment and more.show more

About Ted Honderich

About the Author: Ted Honderich is Grote Professor of Mind and Logic, University College, London. He is the author and editor of many books on philosophy including A Theory of Determinism, Violence for Equality, and The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (forthcoming).show more

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