On 6/9/2011 1:17 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 09 Jun 2011, at 18:20, Rex Allen wrote:
"Dr. StrangeDennett: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love
Repurposing the term "free will" is a propaganda move, to make the
medicine go down easier.
Science redefines the term all the times. The only thing which counts
is to see if we agree with the theories and their consequences.
Dennett's subtitle to his book "Elbow Room" is "free will that's worth
having". Sam Harris just wrote about this
He seems to disagree with compatibilism; but he essentially agrees on
the facts; he just doesn't want to use the phrase "free will" because he
thinks that's redefining the terms to mean something other than what
people normally mean. Interestingly when he talks about what people
normally mean, a kind of dualism, he shows that what people usually mean
is incoherent even on a dualist account.
"You can avoid responsibility for everything if you just make yourself
--- Daniel Dennett, "Elbow Room"
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