Education and the Free Will Problem : A Spinozist Contribution

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Education and the Free Will Problem : A Spinozist Contribution
Author Dahlbeck, Johan
Date 2017
English abstract
In this Spinozist defence of the educational promotion of students’ autonomy I argue for a deterministic position where freedom of will is deemed unrealistic in the metaphysical sense, but important in the sense that it is an undeniable psychological fact. The paper is structured in three parts. The first part investigates the concept of autonomy from different philosophical points of view, looking especially at how education and autonomy intersect. The second part focuses on explicating the philosophical position of causal determinism and it seeks to open up a way to conceive of education for autonomy without relying on the notion of free will in a metaphysical sense. The concluding part attempts to outline a Spinozistic understanding of education for autonomy where autonomy is grounded in the student's acceptance and understanding of the necessary constraints of natural causation rather than processes of self-causation.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12271 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Philosophy of Education;4
Volume 51
ISSN 1467-9752
Language eng (iso)
Subject Free will
Causal determinism
Education for autonomy
Spinoza
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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