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Will and World: A Study in Metaphysics

N. M. L. Nathan

Abstract

Beneath metaphysical problems there often lies a conflict between what we want to be true and what we believe to be true. This book shows how these conflicts can be systematically thought through, and proposes a resolution as a general philosophical objective. It examines in detail a set of interrelated oppositions about the freedom and the reality of the will. It shows how difficult it is to find a freedom either of decision or of action that is both an object of reflective desire and an object of rational disbelief. It also discusses conflicts about volition as such, contending that the veri ... More

Keywords: conflicts, volition, beliefs, freedom, reality, will, decision, action, reflective desire, rational disbelief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239543.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. M. L. Nathan, author
University of Liverpool