Philosophy 130 Handout

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  • The Demon Case
  • (And argument against free will theory 2)
  • Omg. My neighbor's music is sooo loud! I can't even study.
  • No way dude I'm sure he doesn't care!!!
  • OH YEAH PARTY! I WONDER IF MY NEIGHBOR MINDS...
  • Maybe I should kill kim...
  • by Allen Ortega
  • Yes... The man must kill his neighbor. Even though the man is unaware of my presence, I will force him to kill his neighbor should he decide not to.
  • If he decides to kill his neighbor, though, I'll just sit back and watch. It'll be like I didn't even exist ;)
  • Hmm... After thinking about it, I think I'll kill my neighbor.
  • Sorry dude, gotta study to pass philosophy 130.
  • Awesome, the neighbor is dead and I didn't even have to do anything! The man dosn't know I exist and I didn't affect his decision at all. Had he chosen not to kill his neighbor, though, I would have made him :)
  • Yeah lol
  • Wait, what's that behind you?
  • Hey dude! Did you kill your neighbor?
  • GAAAH! I'm an evil demon! If you hadn't killed your neighbor of your own accord, I would have made you!
  • Wh wh wh whaat?!
  • I killed my neighbor freely, but it doesn't seem like there was any alternative since the demon would have made me kill him anyway...
  • So Free Will Theory number 2 must be false. It states that...
  • “Necessarily, I am free to do x iff (i) there are no obstacles to my doing x that I cannot overcome by trying in the right way, and (ii) nothing constrains or forces me to do otherwise than x, and (iii) I can do otherwise than x.”
  • Yeah! Because I was free in my actions but didn't satisfy premise 3. I couldn't do otherwise.
  • So the argument against free will theory 2 must be an incorrect account of what constitutes free will! Yay!
  • The End
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