Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Philosophical Doctrine of Compatibilism Explained for Dummies

You enjoy getting raped.

3 comments:

Tom Leith said...

I don't get how you go from Schopenhauer's "you can do what you will but you can't will what you will" to this. Maybe "you can rape whether you like it or not".

Sebonde said...

Geez, you always take my jokes seriously. That's annoying. I was not summarizing anything by Schopenhauer. I was doing a reductio of Humean Compatibilism, which is the attempt to reconcile the doctrine of determinism with the possibility of free will. According to Hume, an action can be said to be free simply if it is desired. Thus, even if something happens beyond your control, if you nonetheless want it and desire it, then a Humean compatibilist would say that it happened according to your free will. Thus are free will and determinism harmonized. And, thus, being forcibly raped can be said to be freely chosen if you just learn to enjoy it.

Tom Leith said...

I did not know that.

And I guess Schopenhauer would say you could learn to like being raped, but you couldn't want to. But having done so, Hume would say...

Ugh!

Modern Philosophy is the Twilight Zone.