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On Determinism and Freedom


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Contents; Introduction; 1 What Effects Are; 1 Causes, Conditions, Causal Circumstances; 2 Causal Circumstances as Necessitating; 3 What Necessitation Comes To; 4 Objections; 5 Other Necessary Connections, Laws, Dispositions; 2 Determinism and Its Human Consequences; 1 Mind and Brain, Actions; 2 Compatibilism and Incompatibilism, and Moral Responsibility; 3 Real Consequences of Determinism; 3 The Will, Reasons, Determinism's Incoherence; 1. Doctrines Summarized; 2. Rational as Against Natural Powers; 3. Reasons; 4. Compatibilism, Connected Freedoms, Punishment; 4 Is the Mind Ahead of the Brain? Behind It?; 1. Some Experimental Findings About Experiences; 2. Statements of an Hypothesis; 3. Inconsistency, Delay-and-Antedating; 4. Mind and Brain, Free Will, A Conjecture, Contradiction; 5. The Later Research; 5 Mind the Guff; 1. Consciousness as Biological Subjectivity on Two Levels Etc.; 2. The Consciousness of Deciding and Acting; 3. Gaps Again, Compatibilism and Incompatibilism; 4. Free Will With Neural Indeterminism; 6 Determinism True, Compatibilism and Incompatibilism False, Another Problem; 1. Quantum Theory as Interpreted; 2. Origination and the Philosophy of Mind; 3. Consequence Argument, Hierarchy Argument; 4. Attitudinism; 7 After Compatibilism and Incompatibilism -- and Attitudinism?; 1. Experience, Quantum Theory, Determinism; 2. Compatibilism and Incompatibilism and Attitudinism One Last Time; 3. Attitudinism and Affirmation; 4. Trouble, and Two Ideas; Acknowledgements; Index

About the Author

Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic, University College London and Britain's most famous living philosopher. A leading radical, he has gained recent notoriety by engaging in the Palestinian question, particularly in his books After the Terror (EUP, 2002), and On Political Means and Social Ends (EUP, 2003). A prolific author, recent publications include How Free Are You? (Oxford, 2002), Terrorism for Humanity (Pluto Press, 2003) and On Consciousness (EUP, 2004).

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