How would hard determinists, who completely deny the existence of free will, characterize extreme acts of wrongdoing most of us would readily condemn? Think of the cruel acts of tyrants (e.g., Hitler’s choices to exterminate six million Jews) or the chilling demoniac personalities of serial killers (Jeffrey Dahmer’s rape, murder, dismemberment and cannibalism) or senseless acts of violence (the recent case of the Batman movie massacre). Would these infamous individuals (and other examples you may want to bring up) be morally responsible for their acts according to Hospers and Skinner? Do you agree with their position? Can the environmental factors of criminals (which do not always fit nicely into a certain mold) completely explain their acts? If we somehow isolated a distinct pattern, whether in environmental or neurological factors, would it necessarily mean their acts of wrongdoing were not free? Articulate your thoughts on these questions, relating them to some of the philosophers or their arguments discussed in this chapter (6).
this question needs to be answer from chapter 6 (freedom) of this book, BOOK ONLY SOURCE USING, THIS IS THE NAME OF THE BOOK
( Introducing Philosophy: (Oxford University Press, USA)(2011) by Robert C. Solomon, Kathleen M Higgins, and Clancy Martin.
Tenth Edition. ISBN: 0199764867.
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