The Fear of Determinism
This chapter confronts several fears that determinism engenders, such as the fear that deep down we are not in control of our own choices, and the fear that determinism makes it impossible to hold anyone accountable for their actions. Although the fear of biological determinism seems to many people more frightening, environmental determinism must carry the same baggage. But contrary to what is implied by critics of both biological and environmental theories of the causes of behavior, explaining behavior does exonerate the behavior. This chapter shows that we don't need to solve the puzzle of free will in order to preserve personal responsibility in the face of an increasing understanding of the causes of behavior.
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