Question about Freedom, Law - Stephen Maitzen responds

If we have no free will, then is the entire legal system redundant since no one can be held accountable for anything since no one has control over their own actions? Response from: Stephen
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If we have no free will, then is the entire legal system redundant since no one can be held accountable for anything since no one has control over their own actions? Response from: Stephen Maitzen If no one can legitimately be held accountable for anything, then I think the Anglo-American legal system (the only legal system I know at all well) is worse than redundant (and strictly speaking not even redundant): it's fundamentally corrupt. Indeed, it's hard for me to imagine any legal system that doesn't presume that we have control over at least some of our actions. Even a system that punishes solely for the sake of deterrence or rehabilitation needs to presume that we can control our actions, at least sometimes, in response to examples that are meant to deter us, or as a result of programs that are meant to rehabilitate us.

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