HW#11 - Reading Assignment 12th Week In the reading...

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Reading Assignment 12 th Week In the reading “Freedom,” Thomas Nagel addresses the irreconcilable conflict between the subjective point of view, or autonomy, and what analysis of the problem of free will from the objective point of view tells us. In this problem of free will, there are two aspects, according to Nagel. Nagel then attempts to provide a case for autonomy. At the moment of choice, a set of possibilities, defined by external and internal conditions set by the world and not under my control, are laid out in front of me. When, by acting, I make one of these possibilities real, the explanation of why this event happened is given by the intentional explanation of my act. In other words, this explanation can only be understood from my point of view. Nagel argues that from the objective point of view, we are seeing others as entirely under the influence of the world, limited with no ability to act based upon something inside themselves. In an attempt to explain a certain event, the objective perspective leads only to a causal explanation. According to Nagel,
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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HW#11 - Reading Assignment 12th Week In the reading...

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