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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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Science and Determinism

Science and Determinism

(p.114) 7 Science and Determinism
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 7, I consider whether the general picture of the world suggested by the physical sciences is compatible with my position. I argue that the best contemporary physical theories support two propositions favourable to my contentions, namely that causation is not local and that the world is not deterministic, and I contend that the Conway/Kochen free will theorem strongly supports rejection of determinism. I also argue that the so-called block universe view, denying reality to the passage of time and suggesting an unchanging (and in that sense deterministic) universe, is not reasonably tenable.

Keywords:   determinism, block universe, laws of nature, quantum mechanics, indeterminacy, non-locality, indeterminism, observer-participation, free will theorem, time

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