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February 17, 2016 Notes

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February 17, 2016 Notes

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These notes cover the ideas of free will and determinism which will be discussed in our next paper.
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by T'Angela Knight on Thursday February 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to at University of Tennessee - Knoxville taught by in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 40 views.


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Date Created: 02/18/16
Philosophy 107 (02/17/2016) Metaphysics: Are we really free?  Case: Charles Whitman o Engineering student, former U.S. Marine and youngest-ever eagle Scott (at age 12). o Autopsy revealed that he had a brain tumor compressing his amygdala. o Consider the rationale that he wrote the note even in the presence of these irrational, violent urges Free Will  What’s the relevant feature? o It seems to be: whether one could have done otherwise/acted differently in some appropriate sense o Moral responsibility seems tied to the possibility of assigning praise and blame. Determinism  Everything that happens results from the laws of nature operating on the prior state of the universe. o “…determinism is the thesis tat only one continuation of the state of things at a given moment is consistent with the laws of nature.” (van Inwagen) o The forked pathway example shows whether or not we actually have free will. o We can’t know how the future will play out until we have endured the experience


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