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Freewill and Determinism

Hard Determinism
· Hard determinism maintains that we are not free and cannot be held morally responsible
for our actions: 'All our choices, decisions, intentions, other mental events, and our actions
are no more than effects of other equally necessitated events.' (Honderich)
· Predestination is a Christian…

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A2 LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVISION NOTES 1
· Some acts are determined, but we have some moral responsibility for our actions.
· Determinism does not rule out free will -- the two are compatible and so moral decisions
and moral debate remains possible.
· Some of our actions are conditioned,…

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A2 LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVISION NOTES 2
`Unless we assume that everyone is free to make moral choices, we have no right to punish
criminals.' Discuss.

You could explore the implications of the idea of freedom of moral choice for
moral responsibility; with reference to libertarianism and possibly Kant.
You…

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