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Determinism, philosophy: the idea that events and mental states occur due to strict laws and are therefore determined in advance. For a prediction one only has to know the environmental conditions. The fact that we do not know if determinism is true is sometimes explained by our incomplete knowledge of the environment. See also indeterminism, strict laws, prediction, probability, probabilism.
 
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Popper, Karl
 
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Determinism McGinn I 135
Freedom/domestication theory/indeterministical/McGinn: only an acausal model could meet the freedom modality.
If you say the actor was able to act otherwise, one must believe that a repeat would not lead to a decision that would be determined.
(Accordingly some are of the opinion, freedom must be rooted in quantum indeterminacy E.g. Eccles/Popper. Random events at the subatomic level in the brain are responsible.).
McGinnVs: (Eccles/Popper): desperate responses to problems of the first type: randomness on the deepest level is required. Then the actor is quasi a passive victim of quantum leaps.
Both types of explanation are not satisfactory, the assumed similarities are distortions.

Po I
K. Popper
Objektive Erkenntnis Hamburg 1993

McG I
C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vern├╝nftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McG II
C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? M├╝nchen 2001


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