Freedom of Choice

Freedom of Choice

Freedom of Choice

Freedom of Choice

Synopsis

From the Foreward by Mortimer J. Adler Of all the question or issues concerning human freedom, none is more fundamental in itself and in its consequences than the problem of free choice; and none has been the subject of more persistent and, at the same time, apparently irresolvable controversy This bookis the perfect antidote for the errors, the misunderstandings or worse, the ignorances that beset the modern discussion of free choice. Even the reader who comes to this book with little or no knowledge of the philosophical literature on the subjects that it treats cannot fail to appreciate its remarkable clarity, its felicitous combination of detailed concreteness with abstract precision, its exploration of common experience and its elucidation of common sense, and, above all, the intelligibility, reasonableness, and fairness of its exposition of free choice

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Of all the questions or issues concerning human freedom, none is more fundamental in itself and in its consequences than the problem of free choice; and none has been the subject of more persistent and, at the same time, apparently irresolvable controversy. The parties to the controversy—the determinists, on the one hand, and the exponents of free will, on the other—have engaged, for the most part, in denials of positions that they attribute to their opponents but that their opponents do not hold.

While such blindness or failure of understanding can be found on both sides of the dispute, it must be said that the determinists are more egregious in . . .

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