What is determinism

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Knowledge reality and nature 10-4-2010 “Free will” 1. What is determinism? The belief that genuine freedom of choice is not possible because all decisions and actions are necessarily determined by factors beyond our control. This belief makes people not responsible for anything they do. Modern cultures assume that the universe is governed by causal laws that can be used to predict future events. It goes to say that for everything that happens in the universe must have a cause, if your car breaks down something had to have gone wrong there must be an underlying cause. Events in the physical universe consistently display causal connections, events in the biological realm show causal connections as well. From this we can conclude that since humans are a part of the biological and physical universe then it would be reasonable to say that our actions are causally determined, eliminating free choice. 2. What is compatibilism? Compatibilism is the belief that free will and determinism are compatible ideas, and that it is possible to believe both without being logically inconsistent. Compatibilism is also known as soft determinism because it believes that determinism is real but at the same time free will
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2011 for the course HPL hpl 112 taught by Professor Gitsoulis during the Spring '10 term at Stevens.

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