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Unformatted text preview: which option was best, then we would have no need for the capacity to choose. But the phenomenology of choice is not simply an illusion engendered by our ignorance; it is not that, due to our ignorance, we mistakenly believe that we have choice. Choice is a real process, made necessary by our ignorance. (It is perhaps true that if we knew what we were going to do—if we had the Book of Life—we would not experience choice as we experience it now; but if we knew what we were going to do our phenomenology would be very different altogether. Indeed, there are other places in which a certain kind of ignorance is a prerequisite for knowledge: compare Lewis on the two Gods. In general our life would be unimaginably different if we were not limited in the many ways we are.) Question: Does the resulting notion of choice have a special moral importance? Answer: I doubt it....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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