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The Freedom of the Will

J. R. Lucas


The three great problems of philosophy, according to Kant, are God, freedom, and immortality. Of these, freedom, that is, the Freedom of the Will, is the one most accessible to reason, and has continued to perplex us to the present day. We have a profound conviction of freedom. We know we are free. Yet when we think of ourselves from a scientific point of view, we do not see how we can be free. Kant was right in thinking freedom to be an unavoidable problem set by pure reason, though wrong in despairing of the power of reason to solve it. For the very fact that freedom is a problem for reason ... More

Keywords: freedom, Gödel, Kant, mathematical logic, physical determinism

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Print publication date: 1970 Print ISBN-13: 9780198243434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.001.0001


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