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How Physics Makes Us Free

J. T. Ismael


The overarching theme of this book is that physics does not tell us that we are not free. Most philosophical books on free will start by saying “physics tells us that all of our actions are determined by fundamental laws of nature (perhaps with some quantum randomness thrown in.” Built around these simple remarks is a highly articulated landscape of philosophical responses to the challenge physics is supposed to present to human freedom. I am hoping that this book can fill a lacuna in this landscape by giving a much more adequate account of “what physics tells us”: that is, the parts that are ... More

Keywords: physics, free will, determinism, self, causation, physical laws, time, action, universe, human freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. T. Ismael, author
University of Arizona