Lecture Notes 6 - Free will and Determinism

Lecture Notes 6 - Free will and Determinism - Free will and...

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Free will and Determinism Option I: Determinism – the view all acts are determined by past events Option II: Libertarianism – the view that at least some acts results from free will Option III: Compatiblism – the view that determinism and libertarianism are compatible Which view is correct? Is determinism incompatible with moral responsibility Paul-Heart Thiry d’Holbach Born in Germany but raised in France where he inherited his uncle’s title A leading figure of the French Enlightenment Advocated adeterministic metaphysics and a utilitarian political theory The first openly atheistic modern writer of influence in Europe An important translator and contributor to Diderot’s Encyclopedia His Basic Arugments The System of Nature o All parts of nature are governed by necessary and immutable laws o Since human beings are part of nature, we too are governed by those laws o So given enough information, it would be possible to predict all action o
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