Reply To: Censorship and Government

Class Forums Government 2017-2018 Assignment 1 Censorship and Government Reply To: Censorship and Government


I would assert that my argument still stands well. Free will is not only being able to “will” something, but also being able to do it. David Hume said that free will is the  “power of acting or of not acting, according to the determination of the will: that is, if we choose to remain at rest, we may; if we choose to move, we also may.… This hypothetical liberty is universally allowed to belong to everyone who is not a prisoner and in chains.”  This means that if I had a will to stand, I would be free to have that will, and could freely, physically stand. So, If God removed a murderers ability to murder he would, indeed, be restraining his free will. Think back to Dr. Sheffler’s class in which he presented us with a scenario: God simply turns all men into jellyfish-like creatures causing all their attempted violence to be useless. This is not free will.                                                                           And to Luke, I would say that it may be just to make inappropriate media illegal. Clearly, murder is unjust. My point is that I do not think it is just to completely remove all inappropriate media on the basis that the majority of people are inclined to abuse it.