preci 3 - Calvin Bruch March 2, 2008 Preci # 3 I read A.J....

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Calvin Bruch March 2, 2008 Preci # 3 I read A.J. Ayer’s Freedom and Necessity for my 3 rd preci. One of his arguments is that of a determinist. According to Ayer a Determinist is someone who thinks that no one has free will and that our actions are all determined by causal laws (Ayer, 402). This argument is in response to Dr. Johnson’s statement, S“ir, we know our will is free, and there’s an end on’t.“(Ayer, 402) Dr. Johnson is basically saying that we have free will because we know we have free will, we are able to choose exactly what we want to do. Many people agree with this: however, the determinist argument does make the good point, the causes affecting people do have a significant if not complete control over our decisions. For instance, if a person had a knife held to his throat and was told to blink his eyes twice he would probably do it. Still, he does have a choice whether or not to do it even if not doing it means he dies. So personally I think that Determinists are wrong in thinking that people don’t have free will and that our decisions are
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always products of things that happen to us. Ayer says that Determinists can always predict what
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