View Full Version : Free Will, resources and reading
September 4th 2003, 09:30 AM
I would be interested in recommendations of christian and non Christian books on the subject of free will; not so much the case for it - ie, "we need free will because...", as the mechanics of it, esp in relation to neuro-scientific data.
September 4th 2003, 11:10 AM
Richard Swinburne's _The Evolution of the Soul_ is very good; alongside analyzing the mind-body problem, he also explores the analogy between quantum physics and free-will.
btw, Swinburne is a Christian, and he views mind and body as distinct yet tightly coordinate. also, he argues for free will.
September 4th 2003, 11:18 AM
Thanks PS, nice to see you here.
September 4th 2003, 11:44 AM
B. F. Skinner is annoying but interesting.
September 4th 2003, 11:52 AM
Probably David. I guess i should have emphasised that I am looking for stuff from pro-FW writers/thinkers. I am a Calvinist after all.
I am getting the Basinger edited book, and several collections of essays edited by Watson, Kane, Pereboom, and hope to get some further volumes by Lehrer, Kane, Berofsky, Dilman, Imwagen, O'Connor (DJ & T). Lined up if I can afford them will be Fischer, Wolf, Smilansky, Double, Frankfurt. But most of them (Imwagen and Pereboom excepted) aren't Christians as far as I know. What has Plantinga written?
September 4th 2003, 12:03 PM
I can't see much practical difference between Calvinism and Skinner.
September 4th 2003, 12:07 PM
And I can't tell American accents apart, but the difference is there. :lol:
Calvinism is essentially theological determinism; Skinner is mechanistic determinism, and not a very good or generally acceptable kind. Honderich and Pereboom are far better, even if I don't agree with everything they say.
September 4th 2003, 04:36 PM
Plantinga has a book called, IIRC, God and Other Minds, which is going to be what you are looking for.
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