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Posted inGeneral

Chauvin, Causality and JL Mackie’s INUS

Reading Time: 9 minutes You could be mistaken for thinking that this post was about free will. It can be, but I am more concerned with the general idea of causality in the context of Derek Chauvin’s court case to decide whether the death of George Floyd was homicide or not. Let me first introduce you to or remind you of […]

Posted inEthics

Determinism and Moral Responsibility

Reading Time: 8 minutes Free will and determinism have been back on the blog menu over the last week or so. One commenter (Michael) asked me about morality/moral responsibility and determinism. I’ve written about this before and this piece is broadly taken from a previous blog article with a few additions. The term “moral responsibility” is an interesting one […]

Posted inEthics, Philosophy, Politics

Moral Responsibility and Free Will

Reading Time: < 1 minute Check out this TEDx talk from Raoul Martinez on the subject of free will, causal determinism and moral responsibility. I agree with everything therein. I have talked about brain tumours and moral responsibility here: Whitman, tumours, the neurotypical and moral responsibility Some good implicit reference to John Loftus’ excellent The Outsider Test for Faith. Check out […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Whitman, tumours, the neurotypical and moral responsibility

Reading Time: 7 minutes There was a famous case of a terrible shooting in 1966. Charles Whitman, an otherwise intelligent (138 IQ), ‘normal’ man, did a very abnormal thing. Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 – August 1, 1966) was an American engineering student and former U.S. Marine, who killed seventeen people and wounded thirty-two others in a mass shooting rampage located in and around the Tower of the University of Texas in Austin on the afternoon of August 1, 1966.

Posted inEthics

Unjust Deserts

Reading Time: 6 minutes [Welcome to Kevin Lowe – this is his first guest post here at ATP of hopefully many! – JP] In this post, I want to discuss just deserts (that which is deserved) and retribution. As people, we have a deep-seated intuition that “bad” or harmful people deserve to suffer and that especially “good” or selfless […]

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