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Freedom and Belief : Revised Edition - Galen Strawson

Freedom and Belief

Revised Edition

Hardcover Published: 26th August 2010
ISBN: 9780199247493
Number Of Pages: 338

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This is a revised and updated edition of Galen Strawson's groundbreaking first book, where he 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. Strawson devotes much of the book to an attempt to explain why this is so. He 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, if freedom were possible, believing oneself to be a free agent would be a necessary condition of being a free agent.

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`Review from previous edition An engaging and challenging book that should be studies by anyone commited to the topic of freedom.' John Christman, Mind `A serious and intelligent work, written in an accessible style, on one of the hardest problems there is.' Thomas Nagel, London Review of Books `Large, intricately argued and challenging, full of subtle argumentation and intriguing examples...his conclusions are often novel and challenging to philosophical (and non-philosophical) orthodoxy' John Martin Fischer, Times Literary Supplement `This is an honest and challenging work, full of subtle arguments and imaginiative examples, and should be read by anyone interested in philosophical problems about human freedom.' Robert Kane, International Philosophical Quarterly

PREFACE TO REVISED EDITION (2010) PREFACE 1: Introduction 2: Libertarianism, Action, and Self-determination 3: Kant and Commitment 4: Commitment, Illusion, and Truth 5: Non-rational Commitment: A View of Freedom 6: Phenomenology, Commitment, and What Might Happen 7: Objectivism: Preliminaries 8: Choice 9: Self-consciousness 10: Evidence and Independence 11: Contravention and Convention 12: The Spectator Subject and Integration 13: The Natural Epictetans 14: The Experience of Ability to Choose 15: Subjectivism and Experience of Freedom 16: Antinomy and Truth APPENDICES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

ISBN: 9780199247493
ISBN-10: 0199247498
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 26th August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Type: Revised