POLLYANNAS, AND THE
If a man is a pessimist, he is born a pessimist, and emotionally you cannot make him an optimist. And if he is an optimist, you can tell him nothing to make him a pessimist.
THE aim of this chapter is to examine recent contributions to compatibilist literature on freedom and responsibility that are not discussed in the prior chapters of part IV. Although the views of several authors will be considered, discussion will be organized primarily around Daniel Dennett's Elbow Room, an important work in the evolution of the “new compatibilism. ”
BOGEYMEN OF PESSIMISM
Dennett's discussion of the free will problem begins with the observation that this is a subject that people care about—it is not simply an intellectual puzzle
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Publication information: Book title: The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Contributors: Robert Kane - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 229.
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