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Lt will facilitate the argument to suppose there was such a moment. ) Let L be a sentence that, in some relevant sense, gives a complete and accurate statement of "the laws of nature," whatever, precisely, those may be. LetT be any truth whatever. Let '0' represent what Plantinga has called "broadly logical necessity," that is, truthin all possible worlds. :::>T). lt is this consequence of determinism that I shall show is incompatible with moral responsibility. 32 STUDIES IN APPLIED PHILOSOPHY II I shall use 'Np' as an abbreviation for the following sentence form: p and no human being, or group of human beings, is even partly responsible for the fact that p.

Kim is suspicious about carrying this project to completion. He is concerned with how we are to tell whether a motivational psychological theory contains a conative construct. Surely Davidson is correct, Kim points out, that psychological theory does not use concepts such as belief, desire and intention in an ordinary, common sense way. I recommend that we follow the lead of the philosophers of science, especially those working in the philosophy of physics, and use case studies. In order to map the conceptual apparatus of a psychological motivational theory onto common sense notions we need to undertake a detailed study of these theories.

The qualification introduced by the words 'even partly' will play no role in the argument of this paper andIshall ignore it in the text. The curious reader may consult faotnate 5. Owing to the presence of the word 'human' in this sentence-form, my arguments will be directly applicable only to questions of human moral responsibility. I have included the word 'human' in order to avoid discussing the relation between determinism and the actions of supernatural agents such as God or angels. The argument of the sequel, however, could easily be applied to Martians, Venerians, or any other purely natural agents.

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