1.One reason free will is seen as an important issue is that it seems to be a requirement for praise and blame. It seems to be a requirement for pride and shame. It seems to be a requirement for moral responsibility. If this is right then it would also seem that punishment and reward would not make sense without free will. Harris discusses this a bit the video (min. 44-50, and also during parts of the Q & A).
- Reflect on why the problem of free will is important
- Discuss what the implications are of having free will or not.
Many have thought that if we don’t have free will, then punishment and reward would not make sense. Do you agree with this? Why or why not? Would be good to do away with punishment? Why or why not? (Consider: Punishment can be used for retribution, i.e., as giving a person their just deserts, but it can also be used as a deterrent. Reward can be used to recognize a person’s accomplishment because they deserve it, but it can also be used to motivate them to do certain things). Write at least a paragraph for your post.