…entre nous soit dit…

between me you and the gatepost.

My Boss: Part 8 (a slice of Kane’s Libertarian Philosophy)

An extract from ‘Free Will and Modern Science’ by Robert Kane:

… undetermined self-forming actions, or SFAs, occur at those difficult times of life when we are torn between competing visions of what we should do or become. Perhaps we are torn between doing the moral thing or acting from ambition, or between powerful present desires and long-term goals; or we may be faced with difficult tasks for which we have aversions. In all such cases of difficult self-forming choices in our lives, we are faced with competing motivations and have to make an effort to overcome the temptation to do something else we also strongly want. There is tension and uncertainty in our minds about what to do at such times.

When we do decide under such conditions of uncertainty the outcome is not determined, thanks to the indeterminacy that preceded it. Yet the outcome can be willed either way we choose, rationally and voluntarily, because in such self formation, the agents’ prior wills are divided by conflicting motives… When we… decide in such circumstances, and the indeterminate efforts we are making become determinate choices, we make one set of competing reasons or motives prevail over the others then and there by deciding.

I read this today before I went into my philosophy tutorial and the whole time there was only going through my head: omg. It’s weird how when you have something prominently popping up in your head or something that is causing a great deal of indecisiveness in your life, you begin to see how everything relates to it. That’s why when I saw this I automatically began to relate it to the current situation with my boss and where it has put me. Of course, this was probably helped by the fact that I had been texting him all of five minutes before I started reading this.
But it’s the same with things like horoscopes in the newspapers. They’re always so general and so we fit our own lives and troubles into them. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that I did it here, because heaven knows I’d be able to do it with silly vague horoscopes. Those things are just recycled predictions anyway.
This extract did however suceed in continuing to make me feel guilty… and I thought the constant daily texting and my conscience were doing that job well enough on their own!

April 29, 2009 - Posted by | life, love, moods, people, Personal, philosophy, university, work


  1. yeah quit texting him

    and then your job

    and then find some university hunk to take your mind off everything

    then write a cheque for $3,000 to my bank account

    Comment by grubstreethack | May 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. hahahaha is this $3000 just because u like trying blackmail people into giving u money for shits and giggles? or are u presuming to charge for ur 'advice' ?hahahaha

    yeh im looking for a new job. believe me.

    Comment by leelistreet | May 3, 2009 | Reply

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