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Praise and Blame in World DIn World D a world in which people recognize that they do not havefree will it is still possible to maintain a system of praise andblame The implicit assumption is that praise and blame effect actionssuch that a person praised for an action is more likely to repeat theaction while a person blamed for an action is less likely to commit thesame action again Such a system although possible would lookdifferent from the system which exists in the actual world because theactual system is partially based on the notion that people do have asense of free will Furthermore although it is logically possible tohave such a system establishing one in reality would require knowledgeof the inner workings of human psychology which is difficult to compile Before we can discuss the notion of praise and blame that would bepossible in World D it is necessary to describe what such a world wouldlook like and how people in such a world would feel First it is usefulto examine the feelings of incompatiblist determinists in the actualworld because it is possible that the feelings held by such people wouldbe similar to those held by the people in World D Simply putdeterminism is the belief that everything has a cause includingeverything that people ever do think or say People who believe inincompatiblist determinism assert that this definition of determinismmeans that there is no free will In World D it is a given that thereis no free will therefore incompatiblist determinism would be areasonable possibility Belief in incompatabilist determinism does not require that one knowall of the determining factors Therefore it is possible to have allthoughts and actions completely determined and still not be able topredict actions or thoughts The theory merely requires that determiningfactors exist not that they be known to the individuals whom they aredetermining For example suppose Bob from World D does not likemustard Because he inhabits World D Bob knows that
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