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Thoughts on human nature
David Livingstone Smith Ph.D.
Dehumanization fuels the worst atrocities that human beings perpetrate on one another. Find out what it is and how it works.
Why free will is no illusion after all.
If determinism is false, do we have free will?
How the everyday concept of race lays the groundwork for racism.
Are our choices radically free, or are they caused by prior events?
Nobody has free will, and nobody is responsible for their behavior. Suck it up.
Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?
Does free will exist? The question of whether free will exists has been of interest to philosophers for more than two millenia.
What are we saying when we say that someone is human?
How Freud rejected the Cartesian approach to the human mind and started his own cognitive revolution.
What is it about the human mind that makes it possible for us to think of other people as subhuman creatures? David Livingstone Smith explains.
To answer the question, "Does life have a purpose?" we need to consider the conditions under which anything has a purpose at all.
David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy at the University of New England.