|Introduction to Philosophy||Notes||This is not a substitute for coming to class||Richard Lee|
|Philosophy 2003 C 001||Copyright © 1999, Richard Lee||Spring 1999|
The Soft Determinist says:
P did A freely = P's doing A had as its immediate cause a psychological state in the agent.
But if Soft Determinism is true, then these psychological states are causally determined.
So, they could not have been otherwise.
Ingenious Physiologist Example: (P 358b)
The Physiologist causes me to have certain desires (and other internal psychological states).
If I then act from these desires, I am acting freely, according to the soft determinist.
But this is surely not a free action, Taylor says. ("It is the perfect description of a puppet." P 358b)
So the Soft Determinist account of free action is mistaken.