Free Will vs. Determinism

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Free Will vs. Determinism (essay possition1 vs. Possition2) In what sense and to what extent are humans free? In what sense and to what extent are humans responsible for their actions? How are these two questions related? Moral Responsibility If John Doe had no choice but to murder X, either because he was hypnotized or mad, or because someone had planted an electrode in his brain, then we would not be inclined to blame or punish him. "Ought Implies Can" Morality requires that we think of ourselves as free. As objects in the world, we are determined; but as conscious, choosing beings, we are free. "It would not be a duty to pursue a certain effect of our will if it were not possible to do so in experience" Free Will Thesis An action is only free action if the agent could have done otherwise than perform the action. What does it mean to say that you "could have done otherwise?" Could have equally chosen to do something else. Mere belief or wanting to believe in freedom does not make it true. Perhaps that too is determined.
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PHIL 102 taught by Professor Peter during the Spring '07 term at San Diego State.

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