Free will. Illusion or opportunity

10 January, 2022

This is a new book by Dmitry Volkov, which is the result of many years of research work. In it, Dmitry defends the idea of the compatibility of free will with modern scientific concepts and determinism, develops a narrativistic approach to the problem of identity of personality, and also improves the teleofunctionalist solution to the problem of mental causality - the question of the influence of consciousness on the body. All together, this leads to a rather unexpected picture: despite the fact that free will can be saved in the face of modern scientific discoveries, it seems that this requires recognition from the fact that personality is something ephemeral and illusory.

"Many discoveries in neuroscience and social psychology call into question the existence of free will. They show that people's actions are determined by the social context and unconscious states of the brain. But does it not follow from this that a person can never make decisions for oneself? And that we simply have no alternatives to action? And if so, if free will is an illusion, is it possible to hold other people responsible for behavior? The book allows you to find answers to these complex confusing questions. In it, the author defends the modern compatibilist theory - the position according to which freedom and responsibility are compatible with modern scientific ideas about the structure of the world. In addition, it offers solutions to other philosophical puzzles related to freedom: the problems of identity of personality and mental causality. The book is one of the most profound excursions into the analytical philosophy of the late XX - early XXI century. It presents the views of modern Western and Russian philosophers. The author also develops his own theory, which can be called the narrative theory of freedom and responsibility. This is the result of many years of research by the author."