Desires and Determinism
Webcast Q&A: 17 April 2011, Question 6
I answered a question on desires and determinism on 17 April 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How do you validate free will? For example, if a man is hungry and he values his life, then wouldn't his eating be predetermined?
My Answer, In Brief: Free will is validated by introspection, including your power to act against bodily appetites like hunger. The question confuses the final causation involved in motivated action with the efficient causation of determined action.
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