A Philosophy of Freedom

2015.02.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lars Svendsen, A Philosophy of Freedom, Kerri Pierce (tr.), Reaktion Books, 2014, 287pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781780233703.
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2015.02.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lars Svendsen, A Philosophy of Freedom, Kerri Pierce (tr.), Reaktion Books, 2014, 287pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781780233703. Reviewed by Stewart Goetz, Ursinus College According to Lars Svendsen, "This book is a defence of freedom" (9). It is concerned with the compatibility of freedom with a scientific worldview, the place of freedom in the political arena, and the relationship between freedom and the meaning of life. In this review, I summarize some of the central points of Svendsen's engaging book and then raise a few questions that arose in my mind while reading it. Svendsen approaches the topic of freedom from a naturalistic standpoint, in the broadest sense of that expression. "That is, I assume that nothing exists outside of the natural universe (or that if anything does exist, it cannot influence the natural universe whatsoever and therefore cannot be used to explain it)" (246, endnote 8).. . .

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