Writing -In this week’s module, we saw that Kant took the notion
In this week’s module, we saw that Kant took the notion of a will that is not subjected to a chain ofpredetermining causes as the lynchpin of his moral system. Kant recognized that it is because we happento be to some extent free to choose our courses of action that it makes any sense at all to speak ofpraising or blaming us for those actions. However, we also saw that Kant admitted there to be a facultyof choice by which our desires and beliefsâthe things that we experience ourselves as having and thatare caused by prior eventsâshape and cause the decisions we make. What this means therefore is that,according to Kant, human choice is problematic because it is capable of being viewed from two separateand seemingly incompatible perspectives, simultaneously:1. As part of a chain of causes and so, being determined by it. (a thesis in metaphysics known asDeterminism)2. As standing outside a chain of causes (a metaphysical thesis known as the Free Will thesis)Provide a description of human choice that can be seen to exemplify both of the above perspectives.(Note you may either choose to describe a different human choice or action for each of the twoperspectives, or describe the same choice from the standpoint of both perspectives at once). Do youthink it is possible, as Kant did, to view human choice and action as being both free and caused, or wasKant mistaken, and are these positions mutually exclusive?
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