The Free Will Delusion: How We Settled for the Illusion of Morality (UK ed.)
James B. Miles (Author)
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Poverty is not accident, but design. We are not all equal before the law. And the central message of contemporary ethics is that only some people matter. Expanding on work described as "crucial" and "very fine and provocative" by the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Free Will, author James Miles now shows not only that free will is a delusion but that it is this delusion that has left us with only the illusion of morality. Belief in free will means never having to acknowledge your own great good fortune, or recognise the far greater misfortune of others. It is the conceit of freedom of the will that today ensures that so many at the bottom are denied any chance of social and economic advancement. Some free will theorists even argue that we need not be concerned with ideals of equality, fair play and opportunity. Is this fair? "Is it fair...? Life isn't fair", shrugs the free will philosopher Dan Dennett. Yes, life is not fair, and if we leave it up to the priests and the philosophers, it never will be. The Free Will Delusion is an eloquent and rousing call to arms that we can be, we must be, better than this.
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About the Author
James B. Miles is a leading writer on the moral implications of the free will conceit and has been published across philosophy, social science and natural science journals.
- Contributor: James B. Miles
- Imprint: Matador
- ISBN13: 9781784621698
- Number of Pages: 272
- Packaged Dimensions: 138x216mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing
- Release Date: 2015-03-28
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: James B. Miles is a leading writer on the moral implications of the free will conceit and has been published across philosophy, social science and natural science journals.