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great paper indepth Praise and Blame in World D In World D a world in which people recognize that they do not have free will it is still possible to maintain a system of praise and blame The implicit assumption is that praise and blame effect actions such that a person praised for an action is more likely to repeat the action while a person blamed for an action is less likely to commit the same action again Such a system although possible would look different from the system which exists in the actual world because the actual system is partially based on the notion that people do have a sense of free will Furthermore although it is logically possible to have such a system establishing one in reality would require knowledge of the inner workings of human psychology which is difficult to compile Before we can discuss the notion of praise and blame that would be possible in World D it is necessary to describe what such a world would look like and how people in such a world would feel First it is useful to examine the feelings of incompatiblist determinists in the actual world because it is possible that the feelings held by such people would be similar to those held by the people in World D Simply put determinism is the belief that everything has a cause including everything that people ever do think or say People who believe in incompatiblist determinism assert that this definition of determinism means that there is no free will In World D it is a given that there is no free will therefore incompatiblist determinism would be a reasonable possibility Belief in incompatabilist determinism does not require that one know all of the determining factors Therefore it is possible to have all thoughts and actions completely determined and still not be able to predict
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