Title

Free-Will, Praise and blame: a Not so Smart Reply

Date

6-1-2017 3:45 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 4:15 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In J. J. Smart's paper Free Will, Praise and Blame he seeks to abolish any notion of the idea of free will through his two rules D1 and D2. He also gives an account for how we can have Moral Responsibility within a deterministic universe using the concept of an ordinary otherwise. I will present two accounts of why his D2 rule isn’t ideal; paired with D1 it is not good reasoning to exclude the possibility of Libertarianism. I will also argue against his attempt at Moral Responsibility from his idea of an ordinary otherwise.

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Jun 1st, 3:45 PM Jun 1st, 4:15 PM

Free-Will, Praise and blame: a Not so Smart Reply

WUC Calapooia Room

In J. J. Smart's paper Free Will, Praise and Blame he seeks to abolish any notion of the idea of free will through his two rules D1 and D2. He also gives an account for how we can have Moral Responsibility within a deterministic universe using the concept of an ordinary otherwise. I will present two accounts of why his D2 rule isn’t ideal; paired with D1 it is not good reasoning to exclude the possibility of Libertarianism. I will also argue against his attempt at Moral Responsibility from his idea of an ordinary otherwise.