Determinism and Freedom in the Age of Modern Science

Determinism and Freedom in the Age of Modern Science

Determinism and Freedom in the Age of Modern Science

Determinism and Freedom in the Age of Modern Science

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In behalf of New York University it gives me great pleasure to welcome the participants to this the first meeting of the New York University Institute of Philosophy. A university exists to achieve many purposes. But however varied its purposes, the spirit of the university is found at its best only where men are found thinking together. Thinking together is something more than explicit teaching and learning, although it may be that, too. It is a process of mutual stimulus and response in which our minds become clearer, even when they are not altered by the give and take of intellectual exchange. It is a process whose outcome determines whether our ideas --most of them held with equal initial conviction--are firm principles or only familiar prejudices. Sometimes thinking together is not only a dialogue that contributes to conceptual clarification and self- understanding but a common voyage of intellectual discovery. Even . . .

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