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13. Th At Awesome Gift

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This chapter examines the contemporary umbrella concept of human freedom, from the point of view of the natural sciences. It identifies human freedom as the most evolved, most advanced form of the open-ended evolution of freedoms and constraints. The inquiry is not directed toward the identification of the rules of right conduct or thought but toward an improvement of our understanding of the nature of human freedom. This is carried out by locating human freedom within the broad scheme of causations, temporalities and conflicts known to the integrated study of time. With the help of the hierarchical theory of time, the chapter attempts to locate the sources of desires which, in their qualities, are peculiar to humans. It explores the nature of freedoms available for the satisfaction of those desires and identifies the dynamics of conflicts that arise from possessing unbounded imagination in a bounded universe.

Keywords: causations; hierarchical theory of time; human freedom; temporalities



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