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Fate. objections. The Logical Argument. It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t. If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner is unavoidable. If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner is unavoidable.

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Fate

Fate

objections


The logical argument

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner is unavoidable.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner is unavoidable.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – is unavoidable.


Fatalism

Fatalism


Fatalism1

Fatalism


Fatalsim

Fatalsim


The logical argument1

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner is unavoidable.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner is unavoidable.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – is unavoidable.


Fatalism2

Fatalism

A fatalist, then is someone who believes that whatever happens is and always was unavoidable.

Taylor, p.59

We shall say, therefore, of whatever happens, that it was going to be that way…We shall say of him who turns out bad and mean, that he was going to; of him who turns out happy and blessed, that he was going to

Taylor, p.71


The logical argument2

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner is unavoidable.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner is unavoidable.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – is unavoidable.


Fatalism3

Fatalism

It’s true that Al will not be seen.

If it’s true that Al will not be seen, then Al is unseeable.

[So] Al is unseeable.


Fatalism4

Fatalism

It’s true that Bill will not be moved.

If it’s true that Bill will not be moved, then Bill is unmovable.

[So] Bill is unmovable.


Fatalism5

Fatalism

It’s true that dinner will not be avoided.

If it’s true that dinner will not be avoided, then dinner is unavoidable.

[So] Dinner is unavoidable.


The logical argument3

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner will be unavoided.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner will be unavoided.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – is unavoidable.


The logical argument4

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner is unavoidable.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner is unavoidable.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – is unavoidable.


The logical argument5

The Logical Argument

It’s either true that you will eat dinner tonight or it’s true that you won’t.

If it’s true that you will eat dinner tonight, then dinner will be unavoided.

If it’s true that you won’t eat dinner tonight, then not eating dinner will be unavoided.

[So] Whatever happens – dinner or no dinner – will be unavoided.


Taylor s defense

Taylor’s Defense

The whole argument just conflates fact and necessity into one and the same thing, treating as unavoidable that which is merely true. The fact that a given thing is going to happen implies only that it is going to happen, not that it has to. Someone might still be able to prevent it – though of course no one will…


Taylor s defense1

Taylor’s Defense

…But how strong is the claim that something can be done, when in fact it never has been done in the whole history of the universe, in spite, sometimes, of the most strenuous efforts? No one has ever rendered false a statement that was true, however hard some men have tried. When an attempt, perhaps a heroic attempt, is made to avoid a given calamity, and the thing in question happens anyway, at just the moment and in just the way it was going to happen, we have reason to doubt that it could have been avoided.


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