METAPHYSICS & EPISTEMOLOGY: Freedom vs. Destiny

Do you believe that Oedipus should be held morally accountable for killing his father and marrying his mother? Why do you think so (or not)? Give a clear and critical argument for your position.

Remember that Oedipus is “us”, and although we do not have the dramatic life events that he has, we face the very same kinds of choices in our lives, i.e., making life-altering decisions in the absence of full information. Sometimes our decisions will cause harm. So we need to know under what circumstances we can be excused from moral responsibility for that harm.

Sophocles: Oedipus the King

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