New answers tagged

1 vote

If Free Will Is Proven Illusory, Is There a Case for Suppressing the Finding?

This argument will be shorter than one might expect (from me, or for the sake of this SE). Still, I don't have much to say right now on this score, so forgive me. Now, if we had proof that ...
user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

If Free Will Is Proven Illusory, Is There a Case for Suppressing the Finding?

Introduction and framework As the citations provided with this question show, the argument Dennett makes is one that is widely made, with dozens of philosophers and scientists who believe in the ...
user avatar
  • 4,330
1 vote

What are the implications of accepting that we don't have free will?

How reasonable are my solutions to the two problems above? I mean most of the language you use in 1. and 2. is still active verbs. You're still arguing from a framework of free will. Like "she&...
user avatar
  • 323
-1 votes

What are the implications of accepting that we don't have free will?

If she is forgetting the consequence, then either she was pre-determined to forget them, or determinism is wrong. Also, for our justice system, whether we demonize criminals, or hold them responsible, ...
user avatar
  • 1,097
0 votes

What are the implications of accepting that we don't have free will?

If we have no free will, then when we go from believing we have it, to unbelief, there is some deterministic cause for the switch. Afterwards, we might not ever think of ourselves in general ...
user avatar
0 votes

Can hatred and retribution be justified and rationalized without free will?

When anything is done to us, there will be a repertoire of possible reactions. We should pick the one that makes us feel best in the long term. Irrational hatred, or irrational fear, or stupidity, can ...
user avatar
  • 4,130
3 votes

Can hatred and retribution be justified and rationalized without free will?

Clearly anger at the weather is pointless, but retribution against a (seemingly) self-aware individual may have the effect of changing the future behaviour of that individual, or those associated with ...
user avatar
  • 457
4 votes

Can hatred and retribution be justified and rationalized without free will?

If free will is absent because of determinism, hatred and retribution - when they occur - occur inevitably. Any rationalisation and/or justification which takes place is also inevitable. So, yes, ...
user avatar
0 votes

Can hatred and retribution be justified and rationalized without free will?

It's unlikely you'll find philosophical positions that rationalize hatred and retribution; I certainly can't think of any. Philosophy as a field aims at individual wisdom and social harmony. Those ...
user avatar
  • 13.5k
2 votes

Can hatred and retribution be justified and rationalized without free will?

I mean at the risk of either playing captain obvious or saying something really stupid. But isn't he defeating his own statement? Like if you were to accept determinism and reject a free will and a ...
user avatar
  • 323
0 votes

If we believe the Free Will Theorem and experiments in QM, can we conclude that perfect randomness and free will are indistinguishable?

Free will in the sense of introducing willed uncomputable novelty, that is, something novel (a decision for example) that cannot be predetermined completely from the current state of affairs, ...
user avatar
  • 543

Top 50 recent answers are included