Free Will Explored
Laurie Taylor considers the degree to which people make free choices, plus a look at kinship across the species barrier as pets become part of a family.
Free will explored. Laurie Taylor talks to Julian Baggini, writer and Founding Editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, about his latest work which considers the concept of freedom. He argues against the idea that free will is an illusion due to a combination of genes, environment and personal history. Instead he posits a sliding scale of freedom which allows for the possibility of individual agency and responsibility. Also, pets as family: Nickie Charles, Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University, discusses her study of kinship across the species barrier.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University.
Find out more about Professor Nickie Charles
N. Charles (2014) '"Animals just love you the way you are": experiencing kinship across the species barrier' in Sociology 48 (4) 715-730.
Find out more about Dr Julian Baggini
Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will
Publisher: Granta Books