MPhil student of the English Department of the University of Calcutta. ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3928-5838. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received May 29, 2016; Revised July 24, 2016; Accepted July 30, 2016; Published August 18, 2016
Free will, which directly pertains to ethical choices, has for long been a point of contention in the spheres of philosophy and the sciences, the latter putting forth chiefly a naturalist account of it, a thinking apparatus which, permeated by evolutionary discourse, privileges the human organism over the non-human by virtue of, among other things, a fundamental epistemic capacity to form conceptions beyond only the ‘first-order’, concerns of the present. In counterpoint to such an account, this paper posits an alternative, phenomenological account of the human subject as well as the body, founded upon spatio-temporality, and examines its ramifications.
Keywords: phenomenology, temporality, free will, ethicality, animal, naturalism