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Human Freedom After Darwin: A Critical Rationalist View
John Watkins (au)
Views of human freedom can be classified as eliminative, leveling, or distinctive. Eliminative views say that humans have no freedom, or no more than other physico-chemical systems. Leveling views contend that humans have the same kind of freedom as other animals, whereas distinctive views allow that humans may attain a degree of freedom beyond that achievable by other animals. Empiricism favors a conception of freedom which is either eliminative or leveling. By contrast, rationalism has been assoc. with distinctive views. Here, Watkins defends a distinctive view. He develops a naturalistic world-view & argues for critical rationalism by showing that the growth of scientific knowledge defeats both classical empiricism & rationalism. Illus.
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