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Defending Pereboom's deliberation-compatibilism from Widerker's objections, conceptualizing "agents" as Turing machines

I am trying to overcome David Widerker's objection to Derk Pereboom's account of rational deliberation. I include both Pereboom's account and Widerker's objection as a reminder/introduction at the end ...
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Divine impassibility + divine simplicity = strong impassibility?

(In theory, this is a denomination- or even religion-neutral question about the concept of a divine being. We take properties (like omniscience or having avatars) or hyperproperties (like aseity or ...
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The "rule of one" in state of emergencies

The "rule of one" (monarchy) was preferred by many pre-modern philosophers as a form of government. E.g. Thomas Aquinas regarded it as most perfect government, since it imitates nature (like ...
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Is there a difference between believing something and behaving as if it were true?

To clarify, I mean without deception. In other words, if something seems plausible to me, and I decide to act on it as though it were true while recognizing that I could be mistaken, do I believe it? ...
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Killing with bare hands vs Rube Goldberg killing machine: How can we connect causes to persons, and so be morally responsible for effects by us?

What brought up this question: I was watching a television show and was thinking of how powerful individuals can obtain hired guns to do their dirty work. The police and legal system then has ...
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A restriction on an action-language

Suppose that it is possible to "construct" a language where individual virtuous actions can make a referential contribution, sequentially in concerto, so that different patterns are ...
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In the "philosophy of action" what is the difference between an "intention" and a "volition"

Reading about the philosophy of action here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_(philosophy) I am finding it difficult to distinguish between the two. What is meant by intention and how is it ...
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Relation between free will and consciousness

What is the relationship between consciousness and free will ? Many scientists think there is no free will. And does free will mean a phenomenon not bound by cause and effect ?
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Decisions, intentions and actions

I need help with a practical question about intention and action. I had a brownie. I decided to eat half a brownie now, and save half for later. Then, a few moments after making that decision, I found ...
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How might a decision be defined if it is to be defined as something other than an act (a 'thing done')?

This question represents the second I have asked in relation to an argument I posted here approximately a year ago, which aims at a proof for the impossibility of free will. It is inappropriate to ...
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How can spirituality be reliably researched? [closed]

My questions are 1 is there a reliable method for research into spiritual activity such as an individual providing healing, or any other service? 2 is there a ‘happy medium’ pardon the pun, that’s ...
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Honesty vs. Bluntness

In both professional and personal life, we tend to meet people who can be quite blunt in being honest. I do not have any historical example to support this claim but it probably happens, mostly in ...
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The philosophical analysis of creating and implementing good ideas?

There are projects with great ideas, but poor implementation; and there are mediocre ideas, but are well implemented. What sort of philosophy and which philosophers, if any, address this phenomenon?
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Do ethicists generally hold every action need a moral justification?

With a world with infinite possibilities of actions one might take, is the default position for whether an action is morally accepted or not is: No unless justified Yes unless unjustified (justify ...
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Who acts in Arendt's Human Condition?

In Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition, she categorises the active life as Labor, Work and Action where labor is performed by animal laborans and work by homo faber. To my knowledge, Arendt does not ...
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Is it always rational to act according to your beliefs?

Is it always more rational to act according to one's beliefs than to refrain from acting on them?
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What does "under a description" mean?

I am struggling to understand the embolden phrase below: In English, “consent” has several meanings. In the relevant sense, consent transactions have a distinct structure: agent A consents to B’s φ­-...
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Is it possible to understand an action and its consequences as the same thing? [closed]

I was wondering about the individuation of actions; in particular, it appears to me that we cannot distinguish an action from its consequences. (1) Peter pulls a trigger (2) Peter fires a gun (3) ...
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