Liberty University Phil201 Study Guide: Lesson 8

Liberty University Phil201 Study Guide: Lesson 8Free Will and DeterminismLesson Overview In this lesson, we examine our first metaphysical question: Does man really have free will or are his choices ultimately determined by factors outside of his control? Is it some combination of the 2? Finally, what part does God play in this question? We will look at a number of responses to these questions and critique them. Tasks View and take notes from the presentation, “Free Will and Determinism.” Read Chapter 2 of Metaphysics: Constructing a World View, “Freedom and Necessity.” As you do, make sure you understand the following points and questions: Identify the preliminary problems and objections to free choice.Explain the meanings of determinism and libertarianism.Know the meaning of compatibilism, its benefits, and its problems.What are 2 misconceptions of determinism?Explain the arguments for determinism: psychological and scientific.List and explain Problem with determinism’s arguments.What is the misconception of libertarianism?Explain the following arguments for libertarianism: intuitive experience, morality, and rationality.What are determinist’s responses to the moral and rational arguments?Explain the meaning and problem of predestination/theological determinism.What is the meaning and problem of divine foreknowledge?Know various proposed solutions to the problem of foreknowledge.Explain the meaning of divine timelessness and its solution to the problem of foreknowledge. Terms Make sure you can explain the following terms and concepts: ·         Determinism·         Libertarianism·         Compatibilism/Soft-Determinism·         Immediate Cause·         Proximate Cause·         Prior Cause·         Psychological Determinism·         Methodological Assumption·         Clockwork Universe·         Predestination·         Divine Foreknowledge·         Divine Timelessness 
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