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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson


In recent years, philosophical discussions of free will have focused largely on whether or not free will is compatible with determinism. In this challenging book, David Hodgson takes a fresh approach to the question of free will, contending that close consideration of human rationality and human consciousness shows that together they give us free will, in a robust and indeterministic sense. In particular, they give us the capacity to respond appositely to feature-rich gestalts of conscious experiences, in ways that are not wholly determined by laws of nature or computational rules. The author ... More

Keywords: rationality, consciousness, indeterministic, free will, plausible reasoning, gestalts, responsibility, retribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Hodgson, author
New South Wales Supreme Court