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Introduction

Ted Honderich

in The Consequences of Determinism

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242833
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242833.003.0001

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Introduction

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Philosophy in general does seem one of the intellectual endeavours which mostly gives rise to kinds of assertiveness, combativeness, and dismissiveness. This text introduces the determinist theory of existence and resolves the problem of the consequences of determinism. Furthermore, this book gives the fundamentals or outline of the resolution. It resolves the problem not by succeeding where there must be no hope of succeeding, where whole declamatory lecture-halls of philosophers, as audacious or arrogant, and certainly more able, have failed. That is, it does not succeed by establishing that one or the other of the two traditions is correct. It is part of the resolution of the problem that both are mistaken. Their fundamental propositions are false. Something else quite simple is more important than the possibility that the determinist theory of the book would be more properly advanced by a philosopher or a scientist.

Keywords: philosophy; assertiveness; combativeness; dismissiveness; determinist theory

Chapter.  4465 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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