POLS 209 Chapter Outlines 5

POLS 209 Chapter Outlines 5 - Implications of Compatibilism...

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A “free” act is simply one that is caused (i.e., preceded) by our choice or act of will. We are free when we can do what we want. Objection: aren’t choices caused by “external” forces (e.g., genetics, culture, upbringing)? Compatibilism: Compatibilism: freedom is compatible with determinism freedom is compatible with determinism Hume act choice/will/personality external threats/constraints cause cause (free) (not free)
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The Justification for Compatibilism The Justification for Compatibilism Free actions are not only compatible with determinism; they assume determinism. That is, we assume that an action is “free” only if it is based on (i.e., caused by) a person’s character and desires If an action is not linked to a person’s decision to do it, it is either coerced or random. In either case, it is not done freely
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Unformatted text preview: Implications of Compatibilism Implications of Compatibilism 1. Even though all our actions are caused, we still can have reasons for our actions. We might not choose those reasons or goals freely, but they are our goals 2. The achievement of goals requires that we act. Deliberation still makes sense because it is essential in bringing about an outcome More Implications of Compatibilism More Implications of Compatibilism 1. People are responsible only for those acts that are intentional (i.e., acts that are not mistaken, accidental, coerced, or done out of ignorance or as a result of insanity). However, intentional acts are still caused 2. Even if people are not responsible for their actions, they can still be held responsible...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course POLS 209 taught by Professor Kellam during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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POLS 209 Chapter Outlines 5 - Implications of Compatibilism...

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