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Causality in BilliardsPhilosophy 302: Ethics
Quiz: Varieties of Free Will and Determinism

Directions: Answer the following questions as "true" or as "false."

1. Both of the doctrines of hard and soft determinism hold that all physical events in the external word are caused.
True
False

2. Predeterminism and predestination are essentially the same philsophical doctrine.
True
False

3. From the point of view of scientific or hard determinism, a miracle could not occur because, by definition, a miracle would be a violation of a law of nature.
True
False

4. The belief that all events are made to happen by God, not necessarily by causality in nature, is called determinism.
True
False

5. The belief that our choices are effective, even though they are caused, and some mental processes are uncaused is called soft determinism.
True
False

6. The belief that not all of our acts are determined by past events (i.e., some acts are and some acts are not determined) is called a priori chance.
True
False

7. Fatalism and predestination are both doctrines rejecting the possibility of free will.
True
False

8. Indeterminism is the doctrine that not all events are caused.
True
False

9. A posteriori chance is the doctrine that the probability of the occurrence of events can in principle be estimated from the frequency of their past occurrence.
True
False

10. Predeterminism is the doctrine that God recreates the universe moment by moment.
True
False

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Varieties of Free Will and DeterminismLecture notes describing some of the main views on the free will question.

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