Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

Thomas Pink

Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

  • Title: Free Will: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Thomas Pink
  • ISBN: 9780192853585
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback

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 choicesEvery 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.

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I decided to try the Very Short Introduction series with this book, and I found it to be surprisingly helpful I do not know whether all the books in the series are like this: but this book did provide a clear and concise introduction to a knotty philosophical problem. The author presents his own viewpoint at the end - but I think that is only inevitable as far as philosophy is concerned. There is no "neutral" philosophical work.Do we have "free will", that is, are we responsible for our actions [...]

‭Free will : a very short introduction (Very Short Introductions #110), Thomas Pinkتاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم ماه مارس شال 2016 میلادیعنوان: اراده آزاد؛ نویسنده: توماس پینک؛ مترجم: جواد دانش؛ تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1393؛ در نوزده و 138 ص؛ شابک: 9786001214189؛ موضوع: جبر و اختیار قرن 21 ما. شربیانی

حسنًا، نحن إذن، كالعادة، محصورون بين رأيين، كل منهما يدَّعي بأن رأيه هو الصواب وغيره على خطأ. فالأول رأي التشككية، الذين يرون أننا لا حرية لنا في شيء، وأنا أفعالنا محكومة بقدرة خارجة عن إرادتنا، وأننا مسيّرون في إتجاه بعينه، يقودنا إليه عدة عوامل وأسباب، كالبيئة، والعقل، وا [...]

مقتطفات من كتاب الارادة الحرة للكاتب توماس بينك--------------------بوصفك شخصًا بالغًا طبيعيٍّا وسليم العقل، فإن طريقة تصرفك ليست شيئًا تفرضه عليك أحداث الطبيعة أو الأشخاص الآخرون فحسب. فعندما يتعلق الأمر بأفعالك الشخصية، تكون أنت المتحكم في ذلك.----------إذا لم نستطِعْ أن نفكر — أو إذا [...]

عن حرية الإرادة، الأفعال، الرغبات واتخاذ القرارات والعلاقة بينهم وآراء بعض الفلاسفة واللاهوتيين فيما إذا كان الإنسان مسير أم مخير.

الإرادة الحرة – توماس بينكتوماس بينك هو أستاذ في قسم الفلسفة بكلية الملك في لندن، كان قد درس التاريخ والفلسفة في جامعة كامبريدج وعمل محاسباً في أحد البنوك ليرجع بعدها وبشكل نهائي للفلسفة دراسة وتدريساً له العديد من المؤلفات في مجال الفلسفة منها هذا الكتاب الذي بين أيدينا. ن [...]

واحد من الكتب اللي تنتهي منها ومخك منتعش ونشيط، كما لو إنه توّه انتهى من الركض.

This book was a 4 in terms of the intellectual content. It really made me think hard about the free will problem, and it introduced me to ideas within that sphere that I had no clue about before. That said, I had to push myself to finish because it is, understandably, academically dry. So it lands at a respectable 3-star, “I liked it” rating.

Before science came along, it was easy to say that human beings were one thing, animals quite another. Humans speak, they use reasoning, they have a sense of self, they make decisions based on judgement rather than instinct and, not least, a god or gods places them apart from all other life.With all that assumed, what remained was only to figure out what God wants, and that formed the basis of theology that almost entirely occupied the best minds up until recently. Century upon century of endles [...]

الموضوع شائك جداً وصعب ومشتبك في أكثر من نقطة بين تيارين ، الأول التيار التشكيكي الذين يرون أن أفعالنا ليست صادرة عن إرادة حرة ، بل هي صادرة عن سببية حتمية ، وبعضهم نفى الإرادة الإنسانية وقال بأن الدافع للأفعال الإنسانية هو الرغبة والغريزة كالفيلسوف الإنجليزي هوبز ، وأن الد [...]

Such a tiny, slim book, and yet it took me so long to get from one cover to the other.It's clearly-written, for the most part, and dense with information. The first and better part of the book concerns itself with how the philosophical debate about free will has developed, and what the main points of contention are.The last bit is the author's own attempt to recover free will from the ashbin of philosophical skepticism. It's less-clearly written, but does a good job of knocking down a bad argume [...]

# Free Will: A Very Short Introduction I'm sorry. This book has taken too much of my time. Over a month. Even though it's part of the *Very Short Introduction* series, it's not that short because of the content. It's just probably just me. This is my first proper philosophy text, such that it is, and I've seen that I'm not entirely comfortable with the terminology. Maybe I need an even more basic text, or maybe I don't have it in me. The problems were fascinating to think about for a moment, but [...]

كتاب جيدبيناقش فكرة كون اﻹنسان مخير أم مسير(حرية اﻹرادة) من منظور فلسفي بعيداً عن المعتقدات الدينية تماماً. الكاتب بيوضح تطور التفكير الفلسفي في تلك القضية ويعرض الآراء المختلفة.

الإرادة الحرّة مقدّمة قصيرة جدّاًلـ توماس بينكترجمة ياسر حسنسبحان من هدانا للإسلام وأنزل علينا قرآنه الكريم، ومنّ علينا أن كنّا من أهل الإسلام وأهل العربيّةتدور فكرة الكتاب حول إرادة الإنسان وحرّيته في اختيار أفعاله ونتيجة ما يقوم به من أفعال هل سيحاسب عليها أم لامستشهداً [...]

مع كونه أسهل كتب السلسلة التي قرأتها إلى الآن وأكثرها بعدًا عن التاريخ والتصنيف ، ولكن طبيعة الموضوع جعلت الفائدة تتركز في معرفة المصطلحات والجوانب التاريخية في الغالب ؛ فبقية الموضوع أقرب للبدَهية إن كان فهمي سليمًا على الأقل!اعتبر الكتاب أن نسبية حرية الإرادة أمر مسلّم ب [...]

The book's main argument boils down to stating, without any form of serious justification other than frequent appeals to "common sense", that a human mind possesses a quality not found anywhere else in nature (except, perhaps, he notes, in other high functioning animals), being the power to "freely make decisions". It backhandedly dismisses arguments that things must either be causally determined or random in favour of this view of some "special power" of the human mind to "decide", seemingly ou [...]

Boring, Repetitive Arguments and the worst part is the author didn't bother to bring the Neuroscience findings into the debate,which is the most interesting part of this debate on our current moment.I feel like he just stretch out the argutment unnecessary,he could have use few word to get this point across than repeating something over and over again,trying to convince us that all three arguments compatibalism, Libertarianism and Determinism are all variedI Believe like he missed the whole poin [...]

This is a very boring philosophical book. The author repeats the same ideas a lot. I read this book hoping to know more about how free will affect our life as human in real life, but this book just discusses different philosophical views about freedom. Overall, this book was not useful for me. Actually, the final outcome of the book was not really far from the common sense about freedom.

سهل نوعا ما ولكن يميل الى الصعوبة لكونه متشعب ويطرح اسئلة كثيرة يجب مناقشتها بصورة اوسع من ذلك وخصوصاً من الناحية العلمية الحديثة .كمقدمة قصيرة: يتناول مفهوم مهم جدا لابد من التعرف عليه عن قرب . استفدت منه كثيرا جدا .استمتع به كثيرا جدا .

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When I bought this Very Short Introduction, I was expecting an easily readable, neutral summary of the free will problem, its history, and traditional as well as modern proposed solutions. If you, too, are looking for such a treatment, then this book may disappoint you as much as it disappointed me.Pink indeed discusses several possible positions, including the medieval free will problem, deterministic incompatibilism, libertarianism, Hobbesian compatibilism, etc but does so without appreciation [...]

This book provides thought-provoking discussions on free will. However, by my thinking, some of the discussions lack clarity. The author confuses me by saying that decisions are not free choices, and yet he implies elsewhere that it is a matter of a decision that can make a choice free. I quote from page 63:"Deciding to do this rather than that is something entirely non-voluntary, just as Hobbes supposed. Deciding to do this rather than that is something I do in response to the options as I see [...]

قد يعتقد البعض بمجرد قراءته لهذا الكتاب سيفهم الحرية، لكن كل نظرية خاصة بتعريف الحرية سواء للفلاسفة القدماء أو هوبز او كانط ماهى الى تعريف جزء صغير للغاية من معني الحرية، فالحرية لايمكن ان تنحصر فى تعريف او فى مجموعة من الأمثلة هناك فريقين فى الكتاب فريق التوافقيه واللاتواف [...]

I read and enjoyed over a dozen Very Short Introductions; this is the first one I did not like. A better title would be "Pink's Libertarian Pamphlet". The cheap rhetoric annoyed me: whenever his view was discussed, it was "intuitive", "commonsense", "natural", without good supporting evidence. I am currently reading a more difficult, but in my opinion much better introduction to the topic, "Four views on free will" by Fischer, Kane, Pereboom, and Vargas. These are four proponents of different vi [...]

هل الإنسان مخير أم مسير , هل نحن خاضعين للقدر أم أننا نتمتع بالإرادة الحرة والقدرة على اختيار كل تصرفاتنا والتحكم في حياتنا كما نشاء هذا السؤال قتل بحثا بين الفلاسفة والمفكرين وحتى لا توجد إجابة وافية شافية عليه وفي هذا الكتاب من سلسلة مقدمة قصيرة جدا يتحدث توماس بينك عن موضو [...]

Pink's book is well written and offers a clear introduction into the topic. However it is a libertarian book and presents only arguments - and only a few of them - in favor of the libertarian account of free will. Libertarians hold that free will and determinism are incompatible, and that we humans do have full fledged free will, which means according to them that what we want and decide to do is not determined by anything.Since these days compatibilism and hard determinism are much more plausib [...]

كالعادة أي موضوع فلسفي مترجم غالبا يكون صعبا عصيا علي الفهم والمتابعة من أوله إلي آخره. الكتاب يستعرض مشكلة قديمة جديدة!! قديمة لأنها شغلت الفكر الإنساني منذ أن صار للإنسان فكرا. زجديدة لأنها مستمرة ولا تنتهي، فالإنسان يناقشها في كل عصر.ناقش الكتاب مشكلات عديدة، منها مشكلة ا [...]

Credit has to be given for his exposition on liberalism, determinism and compatilism. it is good overview on the problem of free will and self determination. Yet his propsed common sense moralism is less convincing. One need to appeal on academic or intellectual terms, not just common sense. the latter may confound the former using fallacies, folklore and the like. The ability to do so would make this book truely satisfying.

Good but not great. It's a clear and methodical enough book, but the author's bias in favour of certain approaches colours it a little too much for my liking. It certainly covers its agenda well enough besides that though, and as a newbie to the subject I went on to read other more specifically directed material as a result of having read this. So yep. Good but not great. Not a bad starting point, but perhaps not something you'll go back to very much later.

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