Free Will And Determinism

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Second, Silenus would agree that if something is caused it can never be free. Silenus is very high on himself as he rarely ever takes Hench’s threats seriously because he is intelligent enough to understand that Hench feels responsible for anything that he does. This is partially because Silenus is constantly reminding him that he isn’t responsible for how his mind works and thus can never be held accountable for any action that may blossem from his desires. Third, since Silenus concludes that he is not responsible for what he is, free will and moral responsibility must cease to exist in his case. “Don’t be silly Hench. Only human beings are responsible. I am what I am,” (Satyr, 218). The Satyr considers himself to be above human responsibility based on both his pre-determined genetic information, and also his environment when he’s reduced to cleaning his creator’s lab. To add, all-human acquaintances Silenus has had the displeasure of meeting label him as an untrustworthy beast. By soaking up human behavior like a sponge, Silenus discovers that people can be extremely selfish, so he decides it is ok to mock this behavior in a very direct manner. Therefore, Silenus the Satyr and his determinist view that there are reasons behind every action have even Hench convinced that he is in fact liable for all negative outcomes that Silenus may initiate.

In the beginning of the story, Hench is overwhelmed with responsibility for his genetically engineered creation, but as the story progresses from the beginning, middle and end so does his perception of responsibility. To start, Hench displays subconsciously in the first few paragraphs that he favors determinism. “Every time Hench told me about a potential customer, he avoided looking at me,” (Satyr, 216). This action brought into light the extent to which Hench took responsibility for Silenus. The only thing that drove Hench to sell his most View More »

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