Determinism Is Freedom

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[…] He gave us fascinating lessons on Milton’s Paradise Lost and on Plato’s Republic in Greek, and challenged us to think deeply about the basic philosophical problems involved. He was a confirmed fatalist and predestinarian who, supporting capital punishment, believed that people could be “cured by death.” The only point he missed was that to be inevitably compelled by God is to be one with God, and in this way, determinism becomes freedom.

Alan Watts
In My Own Way (1972)


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