Today’s article is review of a book – Freedom Regained – by Julian Baggini. The idea of free will – that we are not controlled by external forces such as god or genes but we are free to choose our next reactions, our occupations, our wishes, and so on – has been floating around for a while now. The book discusses what scientists, philosophers or laymen think about free will as in does free will mean having the freedom to choose? The idea of freedom – this writer says – is wrong for many people who believe that freedom is giving up responsibility or that it is complete absence of constraints. What then is freedom?
If the topic interests you, you might like to read an excerpt of the book: