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Determinism and Free Will

New Insights from Physics, Philosophy, and Theology

  • Fabio Scardigli
  • Gerard 't Hooft
  • Emanuele Severino
  • Piero Coda

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Fabio Scardigli, Gerard ’t Hooft, Emanuele Severino, Piero Coda
    Pages 1-19
  3. Fabio Scardigli, Gerard ’t Hooft, Emanuele Severino, Piero Coda
    Pages 21-48
  4. Fabio Scardigli, Gerard ’t Hooft, Emanuele Severino, Piero Coda
    Pages 49-77
  5. Fabio Scardigli, Gerard ’t Hooft, Emanuele Severino, Piero Coda
    Pages 79-119

About this book

Introduction

In this small book, theoretical physicist Gerard 't Hooft (Nobel prize 1999), philosopher Emanuele Severino (Lincei Academician), and theologian Piero Coda (Pontifical Lateran University) confront one another on a topic that lies at the roots of quantum mechanics and at the origin of Western thought: Determinism and Free Will. "God does not play dice" said Einstein, a tenacious determinist. Quantum Mechanics and its clash with General Relativity have reanimated ancient dilemmas about chance and necessity: Is Nature deterministic? Is Man free? The “free-will theorem” by Conway and Kochen, and the deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics proposed by 't Hooft, revive such philosophical questions in modern Physics. Is Becoming real? Is the Elementary Event a product of the Case? The cyclopean clash between Heraclitus and Parmenides has entered a new episode, as evidenced by the essays in this volume.

Keywords

Physics and free will Free will and determinism Deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics Reality of the "becoming" Essence of Nihilism Theory of everything Physics meets Theology Free-will theorem

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabio Scardigli
    • 1
  • Gerard 't Hooft
    • 2
  • Emanuele Severino
    • 3
  • Piero Coda
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPolitecnico of MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.BresciaItaly
  4. 4.Istituto Universitario SophiaFirenzeItaly

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