FreeWillDeterminism - 1Great Questions: Freewill and...

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1 Great Questions: Freewill and Determinism I. The Problem of Free Will: The Apparent Conflict between the Moral Perspective and the Perspective of Determinism on Human Behavior. 1. The Moral Perspective on Human Behavior and Action. a. Moral and Non-Moral Praise and Blame: Examples Great and Small b. Assumption: Moral Praise and Blame assume Free Will, which requires the Ability to do Otherwise c. An Example from the Discussion of Moral Luck: Regardless of our genetics and early childhood influences, and of the circumstances we are thrown into, each of us has control over the choices we make (they are “free”); and we are ultimately responsible only for our choices. 2. The Perspective of Determinism (eg., Divine Predestination, Fate, Causal Determinism) Examples: 1. The Roulette Wheel, 2. Oedipus, 3. The case of Sam choosing between apple and blueberry pie…. . (In each case, contrast the viewpoints of, e.g., Oedipus versus the viewpoint of Omniscience). Thesis of Causal Determinism: For every occurrence E, the circumstances and prior conditions plus the laws of nature necessitate that E, and nothing else occur. (In other words, given the circumstances and laws, E must occur: there are no other possibilities.) II. Classical Views about the Relation between Free Will and Determinism. Incompatibilist Positions on the Issue of Free Will–Hard Determinism and Libertarianism.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course PHIL 1010 taught by Professor Outlaw during the Summer '08 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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