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The Philosopher’s Magazine reviews Sam Harris’s book on free will

ProPhi mentioned that Harris has written a book on free will and linked to this Washington Post review. Eddy Nahmias (Georgia State) reviews the book for The Philosopher’s Magazine here. Nahmias begins:

In his pithy pamphlet Free Will, Sam Harris explains why he thinks free will is an illusion and why this matters. Given his other books, one would expect science to drive Harris’s conclusions, but here his argument is conceptual. Step 1: Define free will in such a way that it is impossible. Step 2: Remind us that we cannot have what is impossible. My response is just as simple: Harris’s definition of free will is mistaken. To have free will, people don’t need the impossible; nor do most people think free will requires the impossible.

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