Yes, and there is a good reason for this and such reasons are not necessarily ideological based. The main reason being the possibility of soft determinism. Kant wasn't a determinist, but by the same token this doesn't automatically make him a voluntarist. Kant may well argue for this position ,but this doesn't make it so. Are you saying "straight down the middle' is too ideological?Immanuel Can wrote:
"Free will" has plenty of proponents on the secular side. The division between Determinists and Voluntarists goes straight down the middle of a whole lot of ideologies. Kant was no determinist. Existentialism is non-deterministic.
Yes you can. Legalize asks such question all of the time.Immanuel Can wrote: In fact, the whole field of secular ethics is by definition non-deterministic, since it asks "What ought we to do?" a question one simply could not coherently ask in a truly Deterministic world...of if one tried, one would only be speaking out of some sort of prior Determinist programming, not issuing a statement with any real-world possibilities.
As premised beforehand. you are assuming there is no such thing as a middle ground (compatibilism). In other words, somehow we we are committed to one choice or the other. In practical terms this is not the case.Immanuel Can wrote:
Argumentation is also premised on voluntarism. For if one cannot choose one's views, one cannot be persuaded to choose otherwise than one does. All positions are then merely situationally determined, not personally believed. And if Determinism is true, then the "god botherers" you are at pains to distain are not able to change their views, nor are you able to change yours.
Immanuel Can wrote:
The whole thing is simply self-contradicting. One cannot "believe" or "disbelieve" in Determinism if Determinism is true: one can only ridiculously play out the hand one has been dealt by forces at work long before one's birth. In short, Determinism is unlivable; and if true, it's also trivial, since no one can resist his/her programming.[/color]
Not at all. In a court room some do and this may or may not be taken into account when sentencing.