Philosophy / Socrates Dialogue
Autor: Zomby 22 September 2012
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Socrates: What is Determinism?
Me: Determinism is when one believes that everything is pre-determine and is planned and cannot be altered. For example: It’s saying that if John got into an accident last night because he was drunk, determinism is believing that was meant to happen.
Socrates: Steve, do you believe in Determinism?
Me: No I don’t, I believe one determines their own actions.
Socrates: Are you saying that we were all meant to do whatever we want and nothing is predetermined? For example: Humans believing in God or a higher power? Don’t you think that we predetermined?
Me: I believe we all have our own beliefs and we chose to believe what we want. Determinism would be saying we all have to believe that there is a higher power and we can’t believe otherwise. I believe we have an individual choice of choosing our own actions.
Socrates: That makes sense; one should have control over their own actions and determine what happens to them.
Socrates: What do you think is Free will?
Me: I believe free will is having the option to say yes/no to something, is having your own opinion and the ability to choose your actions.
Socrates: You think you should have the ability to make those choices yourself?
Me: Yes! We are all our own persons and we should have that option to choose what is best for us.
Socrates: What if you choose to do wrong? Don’t you think they should be things pre-determine to keep you out of trouble?
Me: If one chooses to commit an act to get him/her in trouble, then he/she should pay the consequences. That’s the meaning of free will, having something pre-determine for you is not free will and will make absolutely no sense.
Socrates: I agree, free will, you should be free to do what you please.
Socrates: Do you believe every event has to have an Explanatory cause?
Me: No I don’t, some things are obvious and can’t be explained.
Socrates: Do you think there is no explanation for why someone drinks a lot or why someone gets into a lot of accidents?
Me: Yes, I’m sure they are explanations to those things and I’m sure they are reasons behind them, however how do you explain something like this. John is a boy. This can’t be explained because there’s nothing to be explained. It’s obvious.
Socrates: I agree, not every event has an explanatory cause.
Socrates: How do you defin ...