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Quick Recap . Hospers – key points for essay Honderich – key points for essay Locke – key points for essay. Buridan’s Donkey. A hungry donkey is equidistant between two bales of hay. It has no way of making the decision as to which one to eat and it dies of starvation. .

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Quick recap
Quick Recap

  • Hospers – key points for essay

  • Honderich – key points for essay

  • Locke – key points for essay


Buridan s donkey
Buridan’s Donkey

  • A hungry donkey is equidistant between two bales of hay. It has no way of making the decision as to which one to eat and it dies of starvation.

  • Starter (pairs) – Imagine this was a human and you were a soft determinist and describe the picture.

  • Ext – In what way can soft determinism be described as compatibilist?


Soft determinism
Soft Determinism

  • LO s

  • To understand further the notion of soft determinism.

  • To evaluate a range of soft deterministic viewpoints, in particular the work of David Hume

  • To understand certain criticisms of soft determinism


David hume
David Hume

  • Ever the 17th century ‘cleverclogs’, David Hume wittily insisted that we are determined to be free.

  • For each of the points on the following flowchart of Hume’s argument, discuss and note down a scenario or example in pairs to help illustrate its meaning




Determined to be free2
Determined to be Free

  • As with Buridan’s donkey, please try and draw an image/picture/scribble to illustrate Hume’s point.



Where s wally now
Where’s Wally Now?

  • Wally was determined to end up in that tavern, but decided where to go next. What would the following think of this?

  • A) Hard Determinists

  • B) Libertarians


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