Freedom and Belief

Freedom and Belief

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Synopsis

In this book, the author argues that there is a fundamental sense in which there is no such thing as free will or true moral responsibility (as this is ordinarily understood). This conclusion is very hard to accept. On the whole we continue to believe firmly, both that we have free will and that we are truly morally responsible for what we do. The author devotes the main body of the book to an attempt to explain why this is so. He accordingly examines various aspects of the `cognitive phenomenology' of freedom - the nature, causes, and consequences of our deep commitment to belief in freedom. In particular, he considers at length a number of problems that are raised by the suggestion that believing oneself to be a free agent is a necessary condition of being a free agent.

Book information

ISBN: 9780198249382
Publisher: Clarendon
Imprint: Clarendon
Pub date:
DEWEY: 123.5
DEWEY edition: 19
Language: English
Number of pages: 339
Weight: 570g
Height: 220mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 25mm