But if determinism is true, then there are always conditions existing antecedently to everything I do, sufficient for my doing just that, and such as to render it inevitable.
(Metaphysics, 1963, p.46)Taylor also accepted the
Both determinism and simple indeterminism are loaded with difficulties, and no one who has thought much on them can affirm either of them without some embarrassment.
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Since these were our data, it is important to see, as must already be quite clear, that these theories cannot be reconciled to them.
(Metaphysics, p.48)But Taylor had a healthy skepticism for the current efforts to reduce everything to a "scientific" "eliminative" materialism and .
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Hard determinism uniquely resolves this conflicting data of freedom and determinism, by denying the very existence of freedom. Under the theory of hard determinism, everything is caused by a previous cause, therefore making everything not only determinate, but also causally determined. As everything has been determined for all time, individuals can have neither moral blame nor merit. As Richard Taylor explains, “ultimate responsibility for anything that exists, and hence for any person and his deeds, can thus rest only with the first cause of all things, if there is such a cause, or nowhere at all, in there is not” (38). According the hard determinism, for example, Taylor suggests that both a drunkard and a kleptomaniac engage in their behaviour out of compulsion, rather than choice.
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Neither soft determinism nor hard determinism successfully reconciles freedom and determinism. Soft determinism fails as it presents a limited type freedom, and it can be argued that the inner state of the agent is causally determined. Hard determinism presents a causally sound argument, whilst ignoring the moral bases of our society. Due to the failure of these theories to harmonize the data, the metaphysical problem of freedom and determinism persists.
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Current research is focused on the impact of climate variability and change on freshwater resources and water scarcity at basin scales. Improving the analysis of climate-related impacts on natural freshwater stores including principally groundwater but also soil moisture and ice, is a key component of on-going research. Although the use of models (analytical, statistical, numerical) plays a critical role in this research, a central aspect of this research is the use of observations, both gand GRACE satellite measurements, as observations enable the development and testing of our conceptual understanding of the relationship between climate variability and change and terrestrial freshwater stores. This research contributes directly to international scientific programmes including (Expert Advisory Panel) and (Co-Chair). Participation in these fora has led to the drafting of a and establishment of to collate and analyse multi-decadal records of groundwater levels in Africa. Recently completed research includes: ,, , of East Africa and projected changes in water resources in Uganda (, ). Outcomes have been reported in and .