PHILOS 2 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Fatalism, De Interpretatione, Peter Van Inwagen

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Lecture 7: arguments for fatalism by prof. sven bernecker. Fatalism mankind is not really free, but rather, man"s future is pre- described and he"s basically just following orders that he doesn"t know about before he set out to act. In the end, he"s acting out things that have been pre-planned for them. We take ourselves to have free will to be free agents: that we do things out of free will. We have chosen to do something, although our choices may have been limited, but our actions are not pre-determined. One challenge to free will comes from fate. The fatalist, then, is someone who believes that whatever happens is and always was unavoidable. He thinks that it is not up to him what will a thousand years hence, next year, tomorrow, or the very next moment. happen (taylor, p. 55) Intentional action is goal-oriented action that need not reach its goal, i. e. , be successful: the motive need not be rational.

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