retributive justice

SkepSun #130 (03_15_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor report  state/church victories around the country; but there is some bad news: the Supreme Court sides with Catholic university to deny birth-control coverage and Wisconsin moves to expand school vouchers for mainly religious schools. After hearing the song “None of the Above,” Annie Laurie interviews Dan Barker about his new book, Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds MeaningThen we return to one of our favorite topics on SkepSun for the rest of the show: free will. Do we have it?  Are we free?  Are we determined?  Or both? One naturalistic school of thought accepts that we live in a deterministic universe and yet still have free will, in fact the only kind of free will worth wanting. This is called “compatibilism” and one of the most prominent compatibilists is Daniel Dennett, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. We’ll hear a lecture he gave at Edinburgh University in 2009 defending this viewpoint. Next week we’ll hear from a couple of local incompatibilists.

Are we free?  Are we determined?  Or both?

Are we free? Are we determined? Can we be both?