By Ronald Blackburn

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Bandura (1986) also views freedom as "the exercise of self-influence", which operates deterministically on behaviour, and which determines personal freedom to avail oneself of many options. This comes about through the causal efficacy of thought. People are thus partial authors of their situations. Sappington (1990) sees recent libertarian theories in psychology as an attempt to put the notion of free will on a scientific footing. Given that people have the capacity to generate novel choices, and can choose among these for goals to guide their behaviour, knowledge of them should facilitate the scientific task of prediction.

The concern here is with the utility of the deductivist aspect of positivism for explaining crimes as behavioural events. This is a complex issue, but some of the recent views advanced in philosophy, psychology, and criminology will be briefly indicated. Anti-naturalism The anti-naturalists include neo-Wittgensteinian philosophers of science (see Keat, 1971), who argue that human behaviour is not amenable to analysis by the methods of the natural sciences. 2011 10:37:31] next page > page_28 < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 the Humean concept of causality as applied to human behaviour.

Hirschi's concept of cause as correlate thus makes no distinctions between age, sex, and educational performance on the one hand, and desires and evaluations on the other. From the realist critique, it should be apparent that only desires and evaluations produce the act, since they are the reasons and the causes. Age, sex, or educational performance cannot produce the act, although they provide conditions which enable the person to have particular desires and beliefs. The positivist confusion over causes and enabling conditions is particularly apparent in much of the prediction research in criminology (Chapter 12).

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