Deep thought

“The world is enigmatical enough in all conscience, whatever theory we may take up toward it.  The indeterminism I defend, the free-will theory of popular sense based on the judgment of regret, represents that world as vulnerable, and liable to be injured by certain of its parts if they act wrong.  And it represents their acting wrong as a matter of possibility or accident, neither inevitable nor yet to be infallibly warded off.  In all this, it is a theory devoid either of transparency or stability.  It gives us a pluralistic, restless universe, in which no single point of view can ever take in the whole scene; and to a mind possessed of the love of unity at any cost, it will, no doubt, remain forever unacceptable.”

William James, “The Dilemma of Determinism


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