Freewill and Determinism. Morally Responsible? #1. Dave has an undiagnosed brain tumor that suddenly causes muscle spasms in his arm and hand. The spasm causes Dave to involuntarily pull the trigger of his gun and fatally wound his friend Todd while hunting in the woods.
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Dave has an undiagnosed brain tumor that suddenly causes muscle spasms in his arm and hand. The spasm causes Dave to involuntarily pull the trigger of his gun and fatally wound his friend Todd while hunting in the woods.
Dave has PTSD after serving two tours in Iraq. After waking up from a blackout, he hallucinates that he is still in the war and that his friend Todd is an enemy. Thinking he is acting in self-defense, Dave shoots Todd.
Dave is normally quiet and gentle, but he is hypnotized by an evil psychiatrist and ordered to kill Todd, and Dave does so while in a deep hypnotic trance.
Dave is showing off his gun to Todd but doesn’t realize it is loaded and is handling it carelessly. It accidentally fires and kills Todd.
Dave has way too much drink at a bar, gets into a heated argument with Todd, who is also drunk and is verbally abusive. Dave goes to his car in a rage, gets his gun, goes back into the bar, and shoots Todd. The next day, Dave has no memory of what happened.
Dave was raised by a physically abusive, drug-dealing father who abandoned the family when Dave was 8. Dave’s mom had a series of abusive live-in boyfriends for the rest of Dave’s childhood, and Dave never experienced love, only physical and psychological abuse. After being provoked into an argument with a stranger named Todd who reminds Dave of his father, Dave falls into uncontrollable rage and kills Todd.
Dave is having an affair with Todd’s wife and wants Todd out of the picture. After weeks of planning and stalking Todd, Dave shoots and kills him as Todd is leaving the gym.
What does it mean to choose?
What does it mean to choose “freely?”
What diminishes our ability to choose “freely?”
Are we responsible for all of our choices?
The power of the self to choose among genuine alternatives—i.e. freewill.
I’m a man of moderate intelligence, raised by an economically poor single mom who didn’t teach me any marketable job skills.
The claim that all events are the necessary results of previous causes.
The “choices” we make are really just the result of the sum total of our biological, psychological, and environmental circumstances.
“Feeling free” is not the same thing as being free.