Written by Julian Baggini
Publication Date June 06, 2015
Do we have free will? It's a question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries, remains one of the most intractable, and feeds into numerous smaller social, political and personal concerns. Are we products of our culture, or free agents within it? Are our neural pathways fixed early on by a mixture of nature and nurture, or is the possibility of comprehensive, intentional psychological change always open to us? What role does our brain play in the construction of free will, and how much medical evidence is there for the existence of it? What exactly are we talking about when we talk about 'freedom' anyway?
In this cogent and compelling book, Julian Baggini explores the concept of 'free will' from every angle, blending philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and cognitive science. Freedom Regained brings the issues raised by the possibilities - and denials - of free to vivid life, drawing on scientific research and fascinating encounters with expert witnesses, from artists to addicts. It will provide a new understanding of our sense of personal freedom - and change the way the reader will think about their own choices.
Julian Baggini is the editor and co-founder of The Philosopher's Magazine. His books include Do You Think What You Think You Think? (with Jeremy Stangroom), What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, and The Duck that Won the Lottery, all published by Granta Books.