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Great! But then I would say that...
05 April 2012
Now before I lead off into this review, let me be honest and say that I am the author. But then I have read the book, and I did really like it!
Primarily, it must be noted that this is an introduction to the argument, though it does have a good range of topical science to beck up the points which would be welcomed in even the most deeply philosophical book on this subject. There are indeed many books on free will / determinism, but so many of them were dry and unapproachable. This is why I think there was a niche in the market for a book aimed at the intelligent layman that lays out the philosophical positions in an easily understandable manner. I have made sure there are plenty of real life anecdotes to exemplify positions and points made.
Looking at the philosophical issues, I conclude that free will is fairly nonsensical as a notion. After that, I use evidence to support the point that we are most likely determined, and that free will is an illusion. After this conclusion, I look at whether the notion of a judgemental God fits with determinism, whether divine foreknowledge is compatible with free will (looking at Middle Knowledge amongst other ideas), whether prophecy creates more issues than one would like, and at the fact that God is probably the most determined entity of all, given his classical characteristics.
Finally, with the idea of being determined, I investigate where this leaves us with regards to moral responsibility. it was necessary, given that this was not an 800 page tome, to sum up some points and positions very concisely, but I hope not to the detriment of logic and reason.
All in all, a timely book with the continued unravelling of our genetic and biological knowledge, and the re-advent of neurocriminology.