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Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192853585

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¥1,628
著者: 
Thomas Pink
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144 ページ
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Paperback
サイズ
112 x 174 mm
刊行日
2004年06月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • An incisive introduction to one of the best-known philosophical problems - the question of whether we are ever in control of how we act and what this control involves
  • Discusses a range of issues surrounding free will, looking at the history of the subject from the ideas of Greek and medieval philosophers to the present-day thinkers
  • Written by a leading authority on the subject
  • Complements other titles in the series, such as Ethics and Philosophy
  • Emphasises and explores the fact that the freewill problem has had a long history by looking at the ideas of Greek and medieval philosophers.

 
Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices - some of them trivial, and some so consequential that they may change the course of our life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free? Or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, why should we be held morally responsible for our actions?
 
This Very Short Introduction, written by a leading authority on the subject, looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical question, exploring it from the ideas of the Greek and medieval philosophers through to the thoughts of present-day thinkers. It provides a interesting and incisive introduction to this perennially fascinating subject.

目次: 

1: The free will problem
2: Freedom as free will
3: Compatibilism and reason
4: Compatibilism and nature
5: Morality without freedom?
6: Libertarianism and scepticism
7: Self-determination and the will
8: Freedom and its place in nature

著者について: 

Thomas Pink is Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London. He works mainly in ethics, philosophy of mind and action, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. He also works on medieval and early modern philosophy. His publications include The Psychology of Freedom (CUP, 1996), and the edited collection (with Martin Stone) Theories of Human Action and the Will (forthcoming). He is also an associate editor of Mind.

Do we really make our own decisions? Or are we compelled to act by factors beyond our control? And if our choices are not free, why should we be held morally responsible for them. Thomas Pink's Very Short Introduction to free will is an accessible and stimulating investigation of one of the most important and enduring problems of Western philosophy. It looks at a range of issues surrounding this fundamental philosophical question, exploring it from the ideas of the Greek and medieval philosophers through to the thoughts of present-day thinkers.
 
Free Will

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