Freedom, Indeterminism, and Fallibilism

  • Danny Frederick

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Danny Frederick
    Pages 1-5
  3. Danny Frederick
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  4. Danny Frederick
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    Pages 109-143
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 255-266

About this book


This book uses the concepts of freedom, indeterminism, and fallibilism to solve, in a unified way, problems of free will, knowledge, reasoning, rationality, personhood, ethics and politics. Presenting an overarching theory of human freedom, Frederick argues for an account of free will as the capacity for undetermined acts. Knowledge, rationality, and reasoning, both theoretical and practical, as well as personhood, morality and political authority, are all shown to be dependent at their roots on indeterminism and fallibility, and to be connected to individual freedom. Thought-provoking and original, Frederick’s theory of freedom examines a broad spectrum of issues, from the distinction between persons and other animals, to the purpose of the state and political authority. Offering a bold and succinct conspectus of the philosophy of freedom, this book makes surprising connections between perennial issues across the field of philosophy.

Danny Frederick is an independent scholar who has published over forty philosophical articles in academic journals, including: International Journal for the Study of Skepticism; Politics, Philosophy & Economics; International Journal for Philosophy of Religion; Canadian Journal of Philosophy; Dialectica; Philosophical Forum; Journal of Moral Philosophy; Philosophical Quarterly; Journal of Value Inquiry.


Freedom Free will Undetermined acts Rationality Self-discovery Personal fulfillment Political authority

Authors and affiliations

  • Danny Frederick
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarYeovilUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-48636-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-48637-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-6470
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-6489
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