Citation for this page in APA am philosophical essay style. What If Dennett and Kane Did Otherwise?
Determinism is the philosophical idea that every event or state of affairs, including every human decision and action, is the inevitable and necessary consequence of antecedent states of affairs. And Fatalism is a special form of determinism where every event in the future is fated to happen. Fatalism does not normally require that any causal laws or higher powers are involved. The core idea of determinism is closely related to the idea of causality.
We call this determinism, only ineffective for extremely small structures, “adequate determinism. It is adequate enough to predict eclipses for the next thousand years or more with extraordinary precision. Belief in strict determinism, in the face of physical evidence for indeterminism, is only tenable today for dogmatic philosophy. We survey ten modern dogmas of determinism. There is no problem imagining that the three traditional mental faculties of reason – perception, conception, and comprehension – are all carried on more or less deterministically in a physical brain where quantum events do not interfere with normal operations. There is also no problem imagining a role for randomness in the brain in the form of quantum level noise.