Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Just Deserts: Debating Free Will” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Just Deserts: Debating...
 
by
Daniel C. Dennett
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Just Deserts: Debating Free Will

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Some thinkers argue that our best scientific theories about the world prove that free will is an illusion. Others disagree. The concept of free will is profoundly important to our self-understanding, our interpersonal relationships, and our moral and legal practices. If it turns out that no one is ever free and morally responsible, what would that mean for society, moralit ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published January 14th 2021 by Polity Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Just Deserts, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Just Deserts

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.98  · 
Rating details
 ·  57 ratings  ·  9 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Just Deserts: Debating Free Will
Ryan Boissonneault
Among the perennial questions of philosophy, free will remains one of the most difficult concepts to reconcile with modern science. On the one hand, our best natural science seems to point to a deterministic universe based on immutable laws of physics, yet on the other, our subjective experience seems to tell us that we have inherent freedom of choice and movement independent of the physical laws. How one chooses to reconcile this paradox largely determines where they stand in the free will deba ...more
Steve
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn’t sure whether I wanted to give this 3 or 4 stars. I liked the “debate” format pretty much, because it was fun to see pretty big-time philosophers punch holes in each other’s arguments (and other times agree). But it wasn’t perfect by any means. Caruso especially seems to like various complex terms to describe a position: “Oh, what you said is an example of xyzism!” And sometimes “Don’t you agree with abcdism?” Dennett has several decades more in the philosophy business than Caruso, but I d ...more
Zbigniew
W filozoficznej argumentacji kluczowe znaczenie ma precyzyjne zdefiniowanie pojęć. W tej dyskusji Dennetta z Caruso ewidentnie tego brakuje. Odniosłem wrażenie, że autorzy adresują swoje rozważania raczej swoim doktorantom, niż popularnemu czytelnikowi, gdyż nader często nadmieniają, że dany ‘oczywisty’ wątek jest szczegółowo opisany w innej ich pracy. Czytelnik winien zatem się podciągnąć i kontynuować czytanie raczej po uprzednim zapoznaniu się z tymi sugerowanymi pozycjami. Może zresztą ma to ...more
Nicolas Martorell
Dec 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excelente debate, buenísimo para entender cómo se charla de filosofía y qué difícil que es entenderse entre personas que piensan distinto. Me encantó.
Kyle Wright
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm generally sympathetic to compatibilist arguments, but in this case I think Caruso really ran away with this one. His ideas are much more clear and to-the-point throughout, and I think his attempts to make sense of Dennett's arguments often make his points more clearly than Dennett does himself. This isn't to say that Dennett doesn't have good ideas with some potential merit, but I don't think he does a particularly good job justifying them from the ground up, and it isn't obvious if all of t ...more
Garrett
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the debates between Dennett and Caruso, representing Compatibilism and Skepticism respectively. I found that Caruso gave crisp, clear arguments for a world with justice but without free will. I found myself in agreement with Caruso, even before he had made note of it in the book, that Dennetts arguments could be semantically rebranded as representing free will skepticism. That seems to be the key takeaway of the book for me. The two philosophers seem to agree on more than th ...more
Nathan
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent discussion, I thoroughly enjoyed this! Dennett is always fun to engage with. This is the first book or conversation by Dennett in which I feell I finally understand (to the point of pragmatic clarity anyway), his position in regards to compatibilism. In past works it has always felt (to my untrained ear) that he was flipping definitions, as others have also complained. Here Caruso and Dennett draw out a very clear and nuanced picture of compatibilism that in no way defends the "folk ...more
Donald
May 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really interesting debate that focuses very clearly on what matters most about free will, the extent to which we are justified in our ordinary practices of praise and blame. Dennett and Caruso agree about a lot, both being convinced materialists who see no role in understanding human life for anything that transcends the laws of physics. But that still leaves significant questions about what that means for ideas of justice and responsibility, which are the primary focus of the debate. ...more
Paul
Nov 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. A must-read for those who are interested in the subject of free will.
Ben - the Amateur Exegete
rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2021
Damon
rated it really liked it
Jan 29, 2022
Xavier Bonilla
rated it really liked it
Mar 28, 2021
Daniel Morales
rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2021
Dan Graser
rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2021
MeisterKleister
rated it it was amazing
Dec 18, 2021
Odysseas Vrontelis
rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2022
Avinesh Shankar
rated it it was ok
Nov 11, 2021
Cyril Hédoin
rated it liked it
Apr 23, 2022
Robert
rated it liked it
Mar 04, 2022
John Duff
rated it it was amazing
May 11, 2021
Dan Cassino
rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2021
Barış Bayram
rated it it was amazing
Oct 04, 2021
Neil Davies
rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2021
Kasperi Tervonen
rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2021
Clifton Callender
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2021
Patrick
rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2021
Jay
rated it liked it
Feb 22, 2021
Roy Becker
rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2021
Taryn Gesmundo
rated it really liked it
May 12, 2022
Hunter
rated it liked it
Jun 03, 2021
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
  • Klara and the Sun
  • The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth
  • When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment
  • Being You: A New Science of Consciousness
  • The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills
  • A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality
  • Kant: A Complete Introduction: A Teach Yourself Guide
  • How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist
  • On the House: A Washington Memoir
  • Meaning in Absurdity: What Bizarre Phenomena Can Tell Us about the Nature of Reality
  • Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
  • The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
  • The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning
  • Dear Martin (Dear Martin, #1)
See similar books…
2,507 followers
Daniel Clement Dennett III is a prominent philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, science, and biology, particularly as they relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist, avid sailor, and advocate of the Brights move ...more

News & Interviews

The term “microhistory” is a relatively new designation that refers to nonfiction history books that focus in on a single event, person, or...
33 likes · 5 comments
“we must make a distinction between those who are morally competent and those who are not. This, I have long held, is the fundamental pivot; this is the variety of free will worth wanting.” 0 likes
More quotes…