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Do we have free will – and do we want it? Thomas the Tank Engine offers clues

By Matyáš Moravec, Gifford Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, University of St Andrews
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Are we free or are our actions determined by the laws of physics? And how much free will do we actually want? These questions have troubled philosophers for millennia – and there are still no perfect answers.

But it turns out that a character from a children’s TV series can provide a clue. Thomas the Tank Engine, despite being a locomotive, behaves like a human. He makes decisions and choices. And he is morally responsible: when he does something…The Conversation


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