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Philosophy 2/21/08 Hints: (1) the terms libertarian, determinist, compatibilist, indeterminist, (2) Does 20th century quantum physics settle the matter of free will? (pp. 7-9), (3) What does it mean to be free, according to the compatibilist? (pp. 13-14), (4) What's the difference between fatalism and determinism (pp. 19-20), (5) The "consequence argument" argues that free will and determinism are not compatible. How does the arguent go? (pp. 23-24), (6) What difficulties does indeterminism pose for free will? (pp. 34-36) Lecture Notes Does quantum physics put an end to the challenge to free will posed by the sciences? No, the challenge to free will is that the sciences all assume universal determinist so there is no room for free will. For every event there is a cause according to science. Sciences effort is to find those causes. It suggests randomness (quantum physics). Quantum physics Deals with sub atomic particles, tiniest partials, branch of Einstein physics. Heisenberg uncertainty principle In the late 1920’s Heisenberg came up with this principle, and it is that you can’t predict the simultaneous position of a electron. That there is sheer randomness; electrons are not predictable because they are random. Indeterminist. There isn’t universal determinism. Does this settle the matter? No, why not? 1. Disagreement and theory might be superseded, not every physicist agrees with Heisenberg. Its not nature that is random, it is us because we interfere with the actual activity. We are responsible for what looks like randomness. Physicists do buy into this. 2. Irrelevant to human behavior, what goes on in the mico sphere is any relevance to human action, why not? Because as al physicists when you are talking about the macro sphere there isn’t this randomness, everything is predictable and regular. Quantum physics is irrelevant to human behavior because it is dealing with the
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course PHIL 1305 taught by Professor Gordon during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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