Philosophy - Free Will & Determinism

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Free Will

Sam Harris

A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality‚ÄĒas well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement‚...

Published: Mar 2012

Freedom Evolves

Daniel C. Dennett

Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers "yes!" Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals...

Published: Jan 2004

Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the S...

Michael S. Gazzaniga

There is no "you" consciously making decisions. So how do we make decisions? How can we have free will if we don't pull the levers on our own behavior? What moral and legal implications follow if we don't have free will? Who's in Cha...

Published: Sep 2012

As a Man Thinketh (Chump Change Editi...

James Allen

Original, Unabridged version of As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, offered here for chump change. In this classic book on thinking, the book describes how each of us shapes the events around us, creating our own lives.As himself Allen ...

Published: Apr 2017

Time and Free Will: An Essay on the I...

Henri Louis Bergson

Bergson argues for free will by showing that the arguments against it come from a confusion of different conceptions of time. As opposed to physicists' idea of measurable time, life is perceived in human experience as a continuous and...

Published: Jun 2001

Just Deserts: Debating Free Will

Daniel C. Dennett

The concept of free will is profoundly important to our self-understanding, our interpersonal relationships, and our moral and legal practices. If it turns out that no one is ever free and morally responsible, what would that mean for...

Published: Feb 2021

Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing...

Emanuel Derman

Quants, physicists working on Wall Street as quantitative analysts, have been widely blamed for triggering financial crises with their complex mathematical models. Their formulas were meant to allow Wall Street to prosper without risk...

Published: Jul 2012

Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birt...

Raoul Martinez

A profound and radical manifesto calling for a transformation in the way we think about democracy, equality, and ourselves.Freedom has long been a foundational concept at the heart of our civilization. Free markets, free media, free s...

Published: Nov 2017

The Will to Power

Friedrich Nietzsche

New to Penguin Classics, The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe.  Assembled by Nietzsche’s sister after his death, The Will to Powe...

Published: Mar 2017

The Joyous Science

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Grounded in his famous notion that "God is dead," Nietzsche's most personal book--and one of his bestThe Joyous Science--also known as The Gay Science and The Joyful Wisdom--is a liberating voyage of discovery as Nietzsche's...

Published: Mar 2019

Essay on the Freedom of the Will (Roy...

Arthur Schopenhauer

The winning entry in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay brought its author international recognition. Its brilliant and elegant treatments of free will and determinism elevated it ...

Published: May 2005
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