Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy
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Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy

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ISBN-13:
9780199268603
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.07.2005
Seiten:
280
Autor:
James A. Harris
Gewicht:
576 g
Format:
234x156x18 mm
Serie:
Oxford Philosophical Monograph
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The 18th century was a time of brilliant philosophical innovation in Britain. This work presents a comprehensive account of the period's discussion of what is a central problem of philosophy, the question of the freedom of the will. It offers different interpretations of contributions to the free will debate made by various several figures.
Introduction: From Locke to Dugald Stewart; 1. Locke's chapter 'Of Power' and its eighteenth-century reciprocation; 2. King, Clarke, Collins; 3. Hume's reconciling project; 4. Kames's hypothesis; 5. Jonathan Edwards against Arminianism; 6. The bare authority of feeling: James Beattie in context; 7. Hartley, Tucker, Priestley; 8. Science and freedom in Thomas Reid; 9. Liberty and necessity after Reid; Postscript: The nineteenth century and afterwards
The eighteenth century was a time of brilliant philosophical innovation in Britain. In Of Liberty and Necessity James A. Harris presents the first comprehensive account of the period's discussion of what remains a central problem of philosophy, the question of the freedom of the will. He offers new interpretations of contributions to the free will debate made by canonical figures such as Locke, Hume, Edwards, and Reid, and also discusses in detail thearguments of some less familiar writers. Harris puts the eighteenth-century debate about the will and its freedom in the context of the period's concern with applying what Hume calls the 'experimental method of reasoning' to the human mind. His book will be of substantial interest to historians of philosophy and
anyone concerned with the free will problem.