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2013 | 14 | 109-125
Article title

Determinizm a odpowiedzialność

Title variants
EN
Determinism and responsibility
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
The aim of the article is to discuss the possibility of keeping the notion of responsibility valid, despite the inborn determinism of a human being. In the context of responsibility, the incompatibility of free will and determinism, is one of the most complex and difficult philosophical issues. B. Wolniewicz and S. Pinker are both the supporters of genetic determinism, however they do not negate responsibility. They claim that the idea of justice, or natural law, is deeply rooted in human nature. The main reason why people demand punishment for criminals is due to the fact that criminals contravene the moral order. Progress which is taking place in biological sciences might be perceived as a threat to the idea of justice, because some discoveries in this field may be used by lawyers for justifying criminal deeds by evolutionary reasons and eventually proving their innocence. In fact, there is no such a danger, as explaining someone’s conduct is not the same as justifying it. Understanding does not mean forgiving. Biological sciences might be helpful in more profound understanding of the problem.
Year
Volume
14
Pages
109-125
Physical description
Contributors
  • dr Joanna Smakulska, Uniwersytet w Białymstoku, Katedra Bioetyki i Antropologii Filozoficznej, Pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 15–240 Białystok, POLAND
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
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YADDA identifier
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