This time i need initial responses. then I will have responses due to other members.
100 word responses (total 3 responses so total words will be 300 words)
suggests that the case against free will appears to be a strong one. (We should
not confuse the discussion of free will as being about political freedom, which
is about the liberty that one has within a particular state.) Regarding the
impressive evidence of modern psychology and contemporary biology, Rachels says
the following: "As far as free will is concerned the overall trend is not
encouraging. Each new discovery chips away a bit more of our confidence. The more
we learn about the sources of human conduct the less room there seems to be for
the idea of free choice." How can you square this evidence with your
feeling of freedom? If you think you have free will, how can you defend your
position? Often in this discussion, students make claims such as “I have free
will because I make choices” or “I have free will because I can do whatever I
want.” But such responses commit the fallacy of begging the question.
Essentially, such claims say ‘I have free will because I have free will.’ In
your response, try to avoid committing this fallacy.
Bennett, Bo. Begging
the Question. Logically Fallacious. 11 Dec 2017. www.bit.ly/2phgQy3
Accessed 30 April 2018.
the video below. Then, explain your understanding of compatibilism. What is
your response to this theory? What problems do you find with it, if any?
Compatibilism: Crash Course Philosophy #25. YouTube video file. [8:54].
Crashcourse. 2016, Aug 22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KETTtiprINU&feature=youtu.be
what you know about arguments for determinism, what problems do you see
regarding moral responsibility, as well as praise and blame? Most of us praise
others, and ourselves, for actions we deem praiseworthy; we blame others, and
ourselves, for actions we find reprehensible. If it turns out that determinism
is true, that people are not responsible for their actions, how might our
evaluation of our own actions and the actions of others be affected? If people
can not do other than what they do, should they be praised and blamed for their