The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits

The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits

Kent Greenfield


Americans are fixated at the notion of selection. Our political concept relies at the consent of the ruled. Our criminal approach is equipped upon the argument that folks freely make offerings and undergo accountability for them. And what slogan may higher exhibit the center of our customer tradition than "Have it your way"?

In this provocative e-book, Kent Greenfield poses unsettling questions about the alternatives we make. What in the event that they are extra restricted and constrained than we adore to imagine? If we've much less unfastened will than we observe, what are the consequences for us as members and for our society? To discover the solutions, Greenfield faucets into scholarship on themes starting from mind technological know-how to economics, political concept to sociology. His discoveries—told via an pleasing array of stories occasions, own anecdotes, crime tales, and criminal decisions—confirm that many elements, wakeful and subconscious, restrict our loose will. Worse, through failing to understand them we depart ourselves open to manipulation. yet Greenfield bargains necessary feedback to assist us develop into larger choice makers as participants, and to make sure that in our legislation and public coverage we recognize the complexity of choice.

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