Chapter

Affirmation

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/9780198242833.003.0004

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This chapter completes the inquiry into determinism and lifehopes, personal feelings, knowledge, moral responsibility, actions and principles, and the general moral standing of agents. It gives the book's resolution of the problem of the consequences of determinism. It is also a resolution, as already indicated, of the problem of consequences raised as much by widely held near-determinist theories of the mind which assert or contemplate indeterminism at the micro-level, by way of Quantum Theory, but none the less accept or tend to accept macrodeterminism. This principal conclusion of the book may not be right, but very certainly it is not more of the same. It is not one more attempt to have one of those two so overridden and wearied nags, incompatibilist or compatibilist, plod at last into the winner's enclosure. They are both put out to pasture.

Keywords: determinism; lifehopes; personal feelings; knowledge; moral responsibility; actions; principles

Chapter.  25296 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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