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1. The free will problem

1. The free will problem  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0001
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‘The free will problem’ explores a dilemma which has puzzled philosophers for centuries. Common sense dictates that we can control our actions, but can we? The answer lies in understanding ... More
2. Freedom as free will

2. Freedom as free will  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0002
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‘Freedom as free will’ examines the link between freedom and reason. Most animals lack the capacity for freedom of action. They can have desires and purposeful actions, but they lack the ... More
4. Why be agnostic?

4. Why be agnostic?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
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10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0005
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‘Why be agnostic?’ examines a number of case studies which illustrate the ambiguity of the arguments for and against the God hypothesis. How do we explain intelligence, the existence of ... More
4. Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?

4. Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0005
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9780199684434
‘Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?’ explains what is meant by necessity and contingency. David Hume considered necessity as a possible fourth element to the idea of cause, ... More
Seven threats to ethics

Seven threats to ethics  

Simon Blackburn

in Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775970
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804426.003.0002
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9780192804426
‘Seven threats to ethics’ looks at ideas that destabilize us when we think about standards of choice and conduct: the death of God; relativism; egosim; evolutionary theory; determinism and ... More
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Susan Blackmore

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.001.0001
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9780198794738
Consciousness is ‘the last great mystery for science’. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could ... More
2. The concept of God

2. The concept of God  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0002
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Religions differ widely in their conceptions of God’s nature, from God as a unity to God as a triune and God as a supernatural being or the totality of all that there is. ‘The concept of ... More
5. The problem of evil

5. The problem of evil  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0005
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Evil represents the most serious challenge to belief in God. Philosophers of religion typically distinguish between two versions of the problem of evil: the logical and the evidential ... More
3. Free choice

3. Free choice  

Henry Chadwick

in Augustine: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776762
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854520.003.0003
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In 387, Augustine began his treatise on the origins of evil and free choice. He put strong emphasis on the will. Virtue depends on right and rational choices, so happiness lies in loving ... More
9. The law

9. The law  

E. P. Sanders

in Paul: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776755
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854513.003.0009
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Paul wrote different things about the law depending on circumstances. ‘The law’ clearly illustrates that Paul did not have a single theology of the law. Four contexts in which the law ... More
5. The religions of AbrahamMuslim understandings of God

5. The religions of Abraham: Muslim understandings of God  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0005
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9780198708957
‘The religions of Abraham: Muslim understandings of God’ looks at Islam, which began historically with the life and work of Muhammad (570–632). From the Muslim point of view Islam began ... More
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

Free Will: A Very Short Introduction  

Thomas Pink

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.001.0001
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9780192853585
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction asks: Are our choices really free? Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices. Are these choices ours, or are we ... More
8. The evolution of consciousness

8. The evolution of consciousness  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0008
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9780198794738
‘The evolution of consciousness’ begins with two questions. First, which living creatures are conscious and in what way? Secondly, when and how did consciousness evolve? Consciousness could ... More
6. Conscious will

6. Conscious will  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0006
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9780198794738
Do we have free will? ‘Conscious will’ considers this question and shows that the issue raises strong feelings because freedom implies responsibility. Part of the problem lies with ... More
2. The adviser to princes

2. The adviser to princes  

Quentin Skinner

in Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
eISBN: 
9780191874215
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198837572.003.0002
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9780198837572
‘The adviser to princes’ considers The Prince, completed in 1513, but not published until 1532. Machiavelli wrote it partly to recommend himself to the new Medici rulers of Florence. The ... More

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