Kresta in the Afternoon – December 10, 2018 – Hour 2

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+  A Brief Intro to the Free Will (2 segments)

  • Description: Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free, or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions? We take a look at the Free Will with Professor Thomas Pink.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Professor Thomas Pink
      Professor Thomas Pink teaches philosophy at Kings College in London. He is the author of many books including Free Will: A Very Short Introduction.
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    • Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

      Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free, or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions? Thomas Pink looks at the fundamental philosophical question of free will, critically examining the claim: If our actions are causally determined by events beyond our control, that means that we can never act freely, and so can never be held responsible for our actions. (learn more)

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