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Laws, Mind, and Free Will

Steven Horst


This book addresses the apparent dissonance between the picture of the natural world that arises from the sciences and our understanding of ourselves as agents who think and act. If the mind and the world are entirely governed by natural laws, there seems to be no room left for free will to operate. Moreover, although the laws of physical science are clear and verifiable, the sciences of the mind seem to yield only rough generalizations rather than universal laws of nature. The author argues that these two familiar problems in philosophy—the apparent tension between free will and natural law a ... More

Keywords: natural world, natural laws, free will, physical science, Empiricist orthodoxy, philosophy of science, ceteris paribus, cognitive Pluralism, psychological laws, human freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015257
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Horst, author