Unformatted text preview: Determinists believe that action is the result of the strongest motive Motivation = belief + desire Wants and beliefs are not under our direct control, are not products of free choice, and the act is a product of desires and beliefs, the act is not a product of free choice 1. If determinism is true and our actions are merely the product of the laws of nature and antecedent states of affairs, then it is not up to us to choose what we do 2. But if it is not up to us to choose what we do, we cannot be said to be responsible for what we do 3. So if determinism is true, we are not responsible for what we do 4. But our belief in moral responsibility is self-evident 5. So if we believe that we have moral responsibilities, determinism cannot be accepted. 1....
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- Spring '12
- Causality, free choice, Determinists, Antecedent events, antecedent causes