Fatalism - Kyle Daniele & Kris Pesci Fatalism, Free Will,...

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4/29/09 Fatalism , Free Will, and Determinism Fatalism is not for the weak at heart . It is a responsibility reserved solely for those willing to simply just open their eyes to the bleak truths that surround us and mock us . One who understands that waking up every morning is simply a necessity and that we have no control; this is what a fatalist would believe in . For example, we are in the library writing this paper simply because it is our fate that we write it . There are two outcomes that are possible; we can finish this paper or we just do not at all . No matter which outcome happens , it has always been inevitable. Diodorus Cronus was one of the first men to dwell upon fatalism . He proposed the “Master Argument” which states that: “everything that is past and true is necessary” , and “the impossible does not follow from the possible .” Suppose a war erupts on April, 29 th 2010 , then in 2009 it was truth that this war would erupt. No matter what point in the past we consider , it was always bound to happen. Richard Taylor , another famous fatalist from the 1960’s, thought differently from Cronus . Unlike Cronus’ beliefs where everything was fated to happen; Taylor believed that the final destination would remain the same , but the path taken would vary. In regards to this paper , it may be fate that we finish this paper for Monday, but the process may deviate . Regardless of what days we work on, and the hours spent, the paper will either be or not be completed .
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When talking about fatalism , it is often confused with determinism. Determinism claims that events occur due to cause and effect . Think of it as a math equation; if x happens , then y must happen. With fatalism, y is always bound to happen, regardless of any x . Let us say that we write this paper the Monday before it is due . If this gathering did not occur , the paper would have never been completed. Therefore, we can say, that our meeting effected the outcome of our paper . In the same sense, we could say the outcome of a person ’s life could be effected by their surroundings. If a child does not
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '09 term at 東京国際大学.

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