(urth) 5HC : Skinner, Turing (fwd)
rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 7 10:46:33 PST 2005
Hume was actually a compatibilist, and believed in both free will and
determinism. You really do choose whether or not to cheat on your spouse
(and are thus responsible for that choice), but that choice is determined by
your belief, character, and desires (which are in turn determined by other
things). The freedom comes into play because, he says, if you *did* have
different beliefs or desires you *could* have chosen differently.
I've never found this point of view to be particularly compelling, but
perhaps there are people who could present it more convincingly.
Hume was, notoriously, stymied by the infamous Free Form Jazz Objection.
>Hmmm...seems like a pretty cynical philosophy. It works for all the choices
>people never have to make and begins to teeter when we consider all the
>they do. How does it explain why people cheat on their spouses? How does it
>explain why they don't? How does it explain heroism and cowardice?
>Generosity and greed? Honesty and duplicity? How about twelve-step
>How does it explain listening to free-form jazz?
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