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Caarls, J.

Auteur: Jasper Caarls
Afstudeerjaar: 2004
Vakgroep: Theoretische Filosofie
Scriptie:
So much that touches nothing else. A philosophical dialogue.

 

Samenvatting:

In the privacy of their own backyard, three students are gathered to discuss philosophical problems. It promises to be a quiet evening, when an unusual bet brings their views to a profound clash.

‘What are you suggesting?’

‘A bet.’

‘A bet?’

‘Yes, I think we should make a bet.’

‘So—’ Sara puts her feet on the ground and leans towards Daniel. ‘What’s the bet?’

‘Listen carefully, now. I bet that you cannot come up with an agent that is morally responsible for herself and her actions. That’s the bet. Give me a coherent description of only one agent that is morally responsible for herself and her actions, and you’ve won the bet.’

‘Any kind of agent? Doesn’t matter if it’s real or imaginary?’

‘Any agent goes. Hell, if you prefer, make it any entity that is responsible for itself and its actions. Take it as broad as you like.’

Sara thinks about this for a moment. ‘Agreed,’ she decides. ‘I’ll take that bet. What’s at stake?’

‘My career.’

‘Your career?’ Sara laughs. ‘What career?’

Daniel smiles, but he seems quite serious. ‘My career in philosophy. Unless you come up with an agent that is morally responsible for her actions, I will quit philosophy.’

 

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