The Animal Ethics Reader – edited by Susan J. Armstrong und Richard G. Botzler

Should be question/answer format. Thank you.

The Animal Ethics Reader – edited by Susan J. Armstrong und Richard G. Botzler

The Free Will Problem and Materialism

TPM – Ch 12 Ch 5 The Problem of Other Minds to end,

C – The Unconscious Origins of the Will, Changing the Subject, Choices Efforts and Intentions, Cause and Effect, Other Minds,

RQ #5

  • Explain the difference between compatibilism and incompatibilism.
  • Pick two of the types of determinism and explain the difference between them. Would they be extensionally equivalent (that is, would they generate the same results)? Why or why not?
  • Given the models of Freedom of the Will given in Mandik’s book, which do you find more plausible? Why?
  • Is the “higher” and “lower” systems distinction helpful in addressing deterministic worries? Why or why not?
  • Why does Harris think Dennett is “Changing the Subject”? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
  • What is indeteminism and how does it impact the Free Will debate?
  • According to Harris, what impact do prior causes have on the impact or importance of deterministic choices? Why? Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • What does the “Rooting for Laundry” behavior imply about our political decisions? Do you think this pans out in actuality? Why or why not?
  • At this point what questions do you have? Or alternatively, what would you like to know more about?