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Whither with the Will? : A Phenomenological Critique of Free Will, Ethicality and the Idea of the Animal

Soham Ganguly

MPhil student of the English Department of the University of Calcutta. ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3928-5838. Email: sohamgg007@gmail.com

 Volume 8, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n3.07

Received May 29, 2016; Revised July 24, 2016; Accepted July 30, 2016; Published August 18, 2016


Abstract

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

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