53) Siderits says he does not think this is an argument for hard determinism
, but that what Santideva develops in the subsequent verses is an argument for the conclusion that responsibility-entailing freedom cannot exist at the ultimate level; Siderits thinks that hard determinism
would follow from this only if you were an eliminativist about persons, whereas the Reductionist is not an eliminativist.
The debate between hard and soft interpretations of determinism is not going to be resolved here, and I do not intend my criticisms to be proofs against hard determinism.
As I argued above, such self-regulating abilities favor soft over hard determinism.
Goodman thinks that Santideva, in advising Buddhists on the appropriate attitude to take toward the anger-provoking, bile-resembling behavior of worldlings, evidences a Buddhist attitude of hard determinism.
These ideas are more in the general background of hard determinism than in the specific foreground of Goodman's Buddhist version.
However, my claim that "deterrence will not work" did not mean deterrence is incompatible with hard determinism per se, but with Goodman's more comprehensive Buddhist hard determinist eliminativism about the self.
It is my contention that this same bump is in the rug in many forms of incompatibilism--not only hard determinism, but also semicompatibilism--and that when confronted by these objections these theorists simply get around the problem by pushing the bump one way rather than another.
Speaking to my repeated claim that the ability to explain agent proximal abilities is better handled by soft rather than hard determinism, but inadvertently supporting what I have claimed is the hard determinist's strategy of late (to acknowledge but deem irrelevant all the agent proximal features of action on which soft determinists dote), Goodman claims that Santideva clearly thinks anger is evitable; certain kinds of meditation reduce or eliminate anger.
Goodman wonders, if what I say here is correct, how I could possibly refute hard determinism by showing that agents sometimes satisfy certain agent proximal causal conditions.
Although Goodman attributes hard determinism to Buddhists, the view he actually holds is hard incompatibilism.