Free Acts, Desires and Preferences

Free Acts, Desires and Preferences - 2nd Writing Assignment...

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2 nd Writing Assignment Philosophy 10100; Spring ‘07 Section 10: TA: Josh Rasmussen Free Acts, Desires and Preferences In this paper I will set out to prove that it is impossible for a free act of mine to go against my strongest desires and preferences. I will first lay out my argument giving the premises and sub-conclusion, showing you the deductive logic of the argument. Following this, I will defend each premise showing that they are true and logically lead to my sub-conclusion and conclusion, while providing a sub-argument for the defense of my second premise. I will then defend my argument against an objection and show that the argument is still sound. It is impossible for a free act (of mine) to go against my strongest desires and preferences. If an act is free, then it is one that I choose to do. Also, if a choice is made, then it is dictated by my desires and preferences, because choice is a process of deliberation which is really the weighing of desires and preferences. In this situation, the strongest desires and preferences will always dictate the choice. Therefore, a free act of mine is dictated by desires and preferences and it logically follows that it is therefore impossible for a free act of mine to go against my strongest desires and preferences. First, a free act is one which I choose to do. This is essentially the definition of a free act, acting because of a free choice. Any act that is not chosen is not really a free act. One major objection to this argument is the idea of hard determinist’s definition of freedom, which states that for an act to be free, the idea of choice is not sufficient. A hard determinist would imply that a free act would require the ability to do otherwise, but this is simply implausible. The idea of doing “otherwise” is faulty in itself, with no real
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logical example. You would never do other than what you choose to do, or you would be
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL PHIL 10100 taught by Professor David during the Spring '08 term at Notre Dame.

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