By Yitzhak Berger,David Shatz,Rivkah Teitz Blau,Shalom Carmy,Michelle Friedman,Basil Herring,Robert Pollack,Haim Sompolinsky,Moshe Halevi Spero,Rachel Yehuda
Do people have unfastened will? Are they certainly accountable for their activities? those questions have persevered throughout the historical past of philosophy, yet within the twenty first century they've got turn into outlined extra sharply and obviously than ever. certainly, a brilliant and effective pressure underlies state-of-the-art highbrow struggles over unfastened will. at the one hand, the swift advances of numerous empirical disciplines, particularly neuropsychology and genetics, threaten our instinctive confirmation that unfastened will and ethical accountability exist. nevertheless, the intensity and strength of our instincts-our robust instinct that there's unfastened will, that there's ethical responsibility-present, for many humans, a virtually impenetrable barrier opposed to the sweeping denial of unfastened will steered through empirical examine. The papers during this quantity deal with this pressure from a twin vantage element. whereas drawing seriously upon conventional Jewish texts and teachings, additionally they provide a mix of medical, philosophical, mental, and social insights into this such a lot mystifying of issues. additionally, they light up the concept that of repentance, a change of personality that ranks in a lot of Jewish literature because the maximum expression of loose will.