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Freedom and Practical Judgement


David Owens


University of Reading



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Unlike many other animals, human beings enjoy freedom of action. They are capable of acting freely because they have certain psychological capacities which other animals lack. In this paper, I argue that the crucial capacity here is our ability to make practical judgements; to make judgements about what we ought to do. A number of other writers share this view but they treat practical judgement as a form of belief. Since, as I argue, we don't control our beliefs, that undermines this model of human freedom. I suggest a different account of practical judgement, according to which they are cognitive states but not beliefs and I show how this provides us with a better model of practical freedom.

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Date posted: February 19, 2008 ; Last revised: April 7, 2008

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Owens, David, Freedom and Practical Judgement. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1094368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1094368

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David Owens (Contact Author)
University of Reading ( email )
Whiteknights
Reading
Reading, RG6 6AF
United Kingdom
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