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Wednesday 12 April, Rob Lyons

The limits of free will

Podcast: philosopher and author Julian Baggini talks about one of the thorniest issues in philosophy.

Does free will exist? If so, what is it? How does it relate to our ideas about causation? Are we in fact just the product of a kind of ‘fate’, where the events of our lives were pre-determined from the Big Bang itself?

Philosopher Julian Baggini, author of Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will, talks to Rob Lyons about how we might tread a realistic middle way between absolute freedom of action and fatalism. Yes, in a sense we are ‘determined’ by what has gone before, but there is still room for choice and responsibility.

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