Go Back   Bloggingheads Community > Life, the Universe and Everything
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Life, the Universe and Everything Post comments about everything else here.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 AM
eeeeeeeli eeeeeeeli is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Posts: 811
Default The Free Will Debate and Progressive Policy

My assumption for some time now is that there is a natural alignment between those who deny contra-causal free will (either hard determinist or compatibilist - we may act as though we have choice but ultimately we are determined) and those who favor liberal, progressive, etc. policies. Likewise, there is an alignment between those who believe in contra causal-free will and conservative, laissez faire, etc. policies.

The logic of this assumption is laid out in the essay by Tom Clark, Progressive Policy Implications of Naturalism

The purpose of this thread is to stimulate discussion on the following:

- Is this a valid assumption?

- To what extent is it shared by those on either side of the question of free will?

- If the assumption is correct, to what extent is a discussion of free will crucial to its larger political and policy implications?

Any of these discussions might naturally lead to a debate over the issue of free will itself. As my answer to the 3rd discussion topic is that the political implications are profound, I welcome this larger debate!
my blog
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.