Discourse on Free Will

Discourse on Free Will
Author : Desiderius Erasmus
Publisher : A&C Black
Total Pages : 120
Release : 2005-03-04
ISBN 10 : 0826477941
ISBN 13 : 9780826477941
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discourse on Free Will Book Description:

Comprising Erasmus's The Free Will and Luther's response The Bondage of the Will, Discourse on Free Will is a landmark text in the history of theology and philosophy. As Erasmus's humanist vision is contrasted with Luther's notion of freedom dictated by the grace of God we can see the beginning of the debates that, to this day, separate the secular and the religious.

Free Will

Free Will
Author : İlham Dilman
Publisher : Psychology Press
Total Pages : 273
Release : 1999
ISBN 10 : 9780415200561
ISBN 13 : 0415200563
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will Book Description:

What is the place of human free will in our lives if all our actions are the result of some other cause? Does our processing unconscious beliefs or desires make us less free? Is our free will necessarily restricted if we do not choose our own beliefs? The debate between free will and its opposing doctrine, determinism, is one of the key issues in philosophy. Free Will: An historical and philosophical introduction provides a comprehensive introduction to this highly important question and examines the contributions made by sixteen of the most outstanding thinkers from the time of early Greece to the twentieth century: *Homer *Sophocles *Platto *Aristotle *St Augustine *St Thomas Aquinas *Descaartes *Spinoza *Hume *Kant *Schopehauer *Freud *Sartre *Weil *Wittgenstein *Moore Ilham Dilman brings together all the dimensions of the problem of free will with examples from literature, ethics and psychoanalysis. Drawing out valuable insights from both sides of the free will-determinism divide, and he provides an accessible and highly readable introduction to this perennial problem.

Free Will and Illusion

Free Will and Illusion
Author : Saul Smilansky
Publisher : OUP Oxford
Total Pages : 344
Release : 2000-03-30
ISBN 10 : 9780191588136
ISBN 13 : 019158813X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will and Illusion Book Description:

Saul Smilansky presents an original treatment of the problem of free will, which lies at the heart of morality and human self-understanding. He maintains that we have most of the resources we need for a proper understanding of the problem; and the key to it is the role played by illusion. The major traditional philosophical approaches are inadequate, Smilansky argues: their partial insights need to be integrated into a hybrid view, which he calls Fundamental Dualism. Common views about justice, responsibility, human worth, and related notions are radically misguided, and the absurd looms large. We do, however, find some justification for enlightened moral views, and grounding for some of our most cherished views of human nature. The bold and perhaps disturbing claim of Free Will and Illusion is that we could not live adequately with a complete awareness of the truth about human freedom: illusion lies at the centre of the human condition. The necessity of illusion is seen to follow from the basic elements of the free will issue, helping keep our moral and psychological worlds intact. Smilansky offers the challenge of recognizing the centrality of illusion and trying to free ourselves to some extent from it; this is not only a philosophical challenge, but a moral and psychological one as well.

Free Will

Free Will
Author : Peter B. Jung
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages : 424
Release : 2019-03-25
ISBN 10 : 9781532661426
ISBN 13 : 1532661428
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free Will Book Description:

Free Will, also known as Freedom of the Will, is appraised as the one of the greatest works ever produced in America. The mid-eighteenth-century New England philosophical theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) defines the will by importing terms from John Locke. Edwards states the Arminian nature of free will, suspects the need for such free will, and finally defends Calvinist free will and objects to the Arminian one. In his argument, he chooses three British antagonists: Daniel Whitby, Thomas Chubb, and Isaac Watts. These antagonists insist that the self-determining will is necessary for us to be morally accountable. Edwards disputes their objections that God's determination is contradictory to the liberty of the human will. He then goes to argue what kind of freedom of the will is necessary for the former and latter to be compatible. Edwards's psychological, moral, and theological philosophy is displayed. In addition, readers can learn how our will chooses something pleasant by following the dictate of understanding, while the author demonstrates the natures of New England Arminianism and Calvinism.

Evangelical Free Will

Evangelical Free Will
Author : Gregory Graybill
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 342
Release : 2010-07-15
ISBN 10 : 9780199589487
ISBN 13 : 0199589488
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evangelical Free Will Book Description:

Revision of author's thesis (D. Phil.)--University of Oxford, 2002 under title: The evolution of Philipp Melanchthon's thought on free will.

Surrounding Free Will

Surrounding Free Will
Author : Alfred R. Mele
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 304
Release : 2014-10-08
ISBN 10 : 9780199333967
ISBN 13 : 0199333963
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Surrounding Free Will Book Description:

This volume showcases cutting-edge scholarship from The Big Questions in Free Will project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and directed by Alfred R. Mele. It explores the subject of free will from the perspectives of neuroscience; social, cognitive, and developmental psychology; and philosophy (both traditional and experimental). The volume consists of fourteen new articles and an introduction from top-ranked contributors, all of whom bring fresh perspectives to the question of free will. They investigate questions such as: How do children conceive of free will and how does their concept of free will develop? How does lowered or raised confidence in the existence of free will affect our behavior? What modifies our power to resist temptation? What do lay folk mean by free will? What brain processes underlie decisions? How does the conscious experience of voluntary action contribute to the neural control of behavior? What are the neural differences between deliberate choosing and arbitrary picking? How do neuroscientific studies of decision making in monkeys bear on human free will? Is determinism compatible with free will? What can a proper understanding of causation tell us about free will? What is moral responsibility? Readers interested in the current and future direction of scholarship on free will find this volume essential reading.

The Philosophy of Free Will

The Philosophy of Free Will
Author : Paul Russell
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 542
Release : 2013-04-04
ISBN 10 : 9780199733392
ISBN 13 : 0199733392
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophy of Free Will Book Description:

This collection provides a selection of the most essential contributions to the contemporary free will debate. Among the issues discussed and debated are skepticism and naturalism, alternate possibilities, the consequence argument, libertarian metaphysics, illusionism and revisionism, optimism and pessimism, neuroscience and free will, and experimental philosophy.

Why Free Will Is Real

Why Free Will Is Real
Author : Christian List
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Total Pages : 176
Release : 2019-05-06
ISBN 10 : 9780674979581
ISBN 13 : 0674979583
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Free Will Is Real Book Description:

Many scientists and scientifically-minded philosophers are skeptical that free will exists. In clear, scientifically rigorous terms, Christian List explains that free will is like other real phenomena that emerge from physical laws but are autonomous from them—like an ecosystem or the economy—and are indispensable for explaining our world.

Determinism and Free Will

Determinism and Free Will
Author : Fabio Scardigli
Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 119
Release : 2019-01-22
ISBN 10 : 9783030055059
ISBN 13 : 3030055051
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Determinism and Free Will Book Description:

In this small book, theoretical physicist Gerard 't Hooft (Nobel prize 1999), philosopher Emanuele Severino (Lincei Academician), and theologian Piero Coda (Pontifical Lateran University) confront one another on a topic that lies at the roots of quantum mechanics and at the origin of Western thought: Determinism and Free Will. "God does not play dice" said Einstein, a tenacious determinist. Quantum Mechanics and its clash with General Relativity have reanimated ancient dilemmas about chance and necessity: Is Nature deterministic? Is Man free? The “free-will theorem” by Conway and Kochen, and the deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics proposed by 't Hooft, revive such philosophical questions in modern Physics. Is Becoming real? Is the Elementary Event a product of the Case? The cyclopean clash between Heraclitus and Parmenides has entered a new episode, as evidenced by the essays in this volume.

Metaphilosophy and Free Will

Metaphilosophy and Free Will
Author : Richard Double
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 192
Release : 1996-09-26
ISBN 10 : 0195355415
ISBN 13 : 9780195355413
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Metaphilosophy and Free Will Book Description:

Why is debate over the free will problem so intractable? In this broad and stimulating look at the philosophical enterprise, Richard Double uses the free will controversy to build on the subjectivist conclusion he developed in The Non-Reality of Free Will (OUP 1991). Double argues that various views about free will--e.g., compatibilism, incompatibilism, and even subjectivism--are compelling if, and only if, we adopt supporting metaphilosophical views. Because metaphilosophical considerations are not provable, we cannot show any free will theory to be most reasonable. Metaphilosophy and Free Will deconstructs the free will problem and, by example, challenges philosophers in other areas to show how their philosophical argumentation can succeed.