“People are not free to make moral decisions” essay plan

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“People are not free to make moral decisions”

 

Introduction

  • Determinism: people are not free to make moral decisions due  to factors
  • Others argue that autonomy is necessary for morality

 

Paragraph 1: Introducing Hard Determinism through Locke

  • Analogy of a locked room = not free to make moral decisions
  • E.g. walk down the street and see a beggar & no money in your pocket= you will have your choices limited either way as if you choose to give money you will be unable to and if you don’t you will never have has the opportunity to do the opposite
  • We are not always free to make moral decisions

 

Paragraph 2: critiquing Locke with Soft Determinism through Kant

  • In Locke’s case there will always be the involvement of emotions
  • It is our emotions that are predestined BUT we must ignore them in order to be moral
  • Only when we are autonomous are we moral
  • Can make moral decisions

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