On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on morality versus prudence, concealing a relationship from parents, death notifications via Facebook, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 2 August 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.


Materialism

  • Q&A: Free Will and Natural Law: 13 Jan 2013, Question 1
  • Question: Is free will merely an illusion? While I dislike the idea that we're just puppets of physics and natural law, I wonder whether our seemingly "free" decisions are actually determined by the combination of our biology and our environment. After all, if our brain is merely a physical and chemical system, how could any any decisions be made freely? Wouldn't that violate natural law? In essence, how can our knowledge that the physical universe is deterministic be reconciled with our subjective feeling that we choose our actions?

    Tags: Causality, Free Will, Introspection, Materialism, Metaphysics, Science


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