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The Freedom of the Will

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We know we are free, yet when we think of ourselves from a scientific point of view, we do not see how we can be free. Kant was right in thinking freedom to be an unavoidable problem set by pure reason, though wrong in despairing of the power of reason to solve it. For the very fact that freedom is a problem for reason is itself a reason for believing that we are free. Many men have sensed this, but the argument is extremely difficult to articulate and assess. This book attempts to reformulate this argument in formal terms with the aid of a profound theorem of mathematical logic discovered by Gödel in 1929. It is a controversial argument, and the author tries to meet objections raised against it, for he believes it to be ultimately a decisive argument which will refute the one sort of determinism — physical determinism — which seriously worries people today.

Condition: the dust jacket exhibits light shelf wear. The volume itself is free of internal markings.

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Author(s):
Lucas, J.R.
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
1970
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
181
Publisher:
Clarenden Press
Title:
The Freedom of the Will

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We know we are free, yet when we think of ourselves from a scientific point of view, we do not see how we can be free. Kant was right in thinking freedom to be an unavoidable problem set by pure reason, though wrong in despairing of the power of reason to solve it. For the very fact that freedom is a problem for reason is itself a reason for believing that we are free. Many men have sensed this, but the argument is extremely difficult to articulate and assess. This book attempts to reformulate this argument in formal terms with the aid of a profound theorem of mathematical logic discovered by Gödel in 1929. It is a controversial argument, and the author tries to meet objections raised against it, for he believes it to be ultimately a decisive argument which will refute the one sort of determinism — physical determinism — which seriously worries people today.

Condition: the dust jacket exhibits light shelf wear. The volume itself is free of internal markings.

Author(s):
Lucas, J.R.
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
1970
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
181
Publisher:
Clarenden Press
Title:
The Freedom of the Will

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