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Jared Restivo Section One Journal #7 In the readings of Schopenhauer and Strawson, the idea of determinism was a main focal point, and was often called into question. In simple terms, determinism can be defined as a human, and every decision and action made by that human, being predetermined for the individual. It is similar to holding a pen and then letting go. That pen is determined to fall to the floor, with no decision making involved. With Schopenhauer and Strawson, they do not hold opposing beliefs, so they are not on two ends of the continuum, but in two separate continuums. Schopenhauer’s main question is, “Can the freedom of the human will be demonstrated from self-consciousness?” which he tends to believe to be true, but does not necessarily believe that humans truly have that self-consciousness, so they are, in a sense, not free. On the other hand, Strawson asks “If the thesis of determinism were true, would that negate human freedom and responsibility?” and argues that even if determinism were true, humans could still have
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course PHL 100 taught by Professor Gangle during the Spring '08 term at Endicott.

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