Time and Freedom

2015.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christophe Bouton, Time and Freedom, Christopher McCann (tr.), Northwestern University Press, 2014, 282pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christophe Bouton, Time and Freedom, Christopher McCann (tr.), Northwestern University Press, 2014, 282pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810130159. Reviewed by Hans Pedersen, Indiana University of Pennsylvania In this book Christophe Bouton attempts to explore the connection between human freedom and time. In particular, he is interested in the way different philosophical conceptions of time allow or fail to allow for the existence of alternate possible courses of action. As he states in the Introduction, "I assume that human freedom exists as a choice between several possibilities, and I try to investigate the conception of time which is involved in that notion of freedom" (13-14). His approach is historical insofar as he starts with a consideration of Leibniz's account of time and the necessity of future events, and proceeds in roughly chronological order through other major philosophical figures before ending. . .

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