Living Without Free Will - the ideas of determinism....

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Living Without Free Will? ‘Determinism’ is the belief that free will is required to have moral responsibility, or the obligation to safeguard all that is necessary to preserve order. There are many beliefs as to whether or not determinism is a valid theory. ‘Incompatibilism’ is the belief that determinism is not a valid theory, but also that human beings would have enough free will to achieve moral responsibility had determinism been a valid theory. This belief is the same belief that the libertarians hold. ‘Compatibilism’ is the belief that determinism is a valid theory, and that human beings have enough free will to achieve moral responsibility. This is the theory that is fully compatible with
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Unformatted text preview: the ideas of determinism. Libertarianism is the belief that free will comes from a variety of sources, yet much of it cannot cause one to achieve moral responsibility. There are two kinds of libertarianism. Agent-causal libertarianism is the belief that one obtains free will alone, internally, as a single being, whereas event-causal libertarianism is the belief that one obtains free will through external experiences. Hard Determinism is the belief that determinism is a valid theory, but that achieving moral responsibility is near impossible. This theory is based upon the assumption that human beings lack the amount of free will required to achieve moral responsibility....
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