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Two Families of Attitudes, and Dismay and Intransigence

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/9780198242833.003.0002

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Two Families of Attitudes, and Dismay and Intransigence

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The first chapter of the book begins a consideration of life-hopes, personal feelings, and moral disapproval and approval, and also additional consequences of determinism. One, which has hitherto been misplaced and isolated in philosophical discussions, and thus been misconceived, has to do with knowledge. The matters considered in an initial way in the chapter have to do with morality, but not moral responsibility. They are the matter of right action and principles, and the matter of the general moral standing of persons. If one has not yet seen all of the possibilities of a situation, has seen that it is, so to speak, fundamentally a situation of attitudes and responses. That general fact is established, and is enough in order to deal with the traditional philosophical dispute as to the consequences of determinism.

Keywords: determinism; philosophical; morality; moral responsibility; determinism

Chapter.  35313 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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