Richard Taylor, Zing!


I was re-reading an excerpt from Richard Taylor’s Metaphysics for class this afternoon and laughed out loud when I came across this passage, I had completely forgotten about it:

The theory of soft determinism looks good at first–so good that it has for generations been solemnly taught from numberless philosophical chairs and implanted in the minds of students as sound philosophy–but no great acumen is needed to discover that far from solving any problem, it only camouflages it (43).

Zing!   On a serious note, I do kind of worry about the various forms of liberatarianism/theories of agency, however appealing,  they often strike me as a bit er..anti-science. There is the issue of quantum physics, I suppose (if it’s an issue at all).