The answer is P F Strawson.
When I was watching the video by Bob Doyle that inspired me to write No Escape from Moral Responsibility, Bob made an offhand remark about Galen Strawson that made me question how Bob couldn’t make a connection. In fact, that would make two because the trigger for my having penned the post in the first place is his comment about not understanding how probability in a system wouldn’t necessarily lead to zero degrees of agential freedom. After noting that Strawson, the younger, was an Impossibilist, he flippantly remarked that although Strawson, as the strictest species of Determinists, he and his ilk would be put off if someone knocked their coffee over.
Bob had already mentioned P F Strawson’s position that whether or not the universe was deterministic or indeterministic, people would still have an emotional response and seek a target—likely the animate entity nearest the cup. It may have been a cat or a gust of wind, but if there is a person nearby, blame will be cast.
People don’t even need a target. They’ll look for structural defects in the cup; perhaps the table is not level; why didn’t they leave more space between the tables? If I hadn’t had to stop for petrol, I’d have gotten another seat? Or if I had stopped for petrol, I wouldn’t have been in the vicinity. Humans are imbued with all sorts of magical thinking. I’d almost be willing to bet that this thing overruns the logical sort.
As E O Wilson once said.
We’ve got Paleolithic emotions…E O Wilson
His context was different, but the point remains. Humans should be reclassified from Homo sapiens sapiens to Homo pathos sapiens.
This post has been in draft for a month or so. When I was looking for a cover image, I came across a post by SoundEagle on the topic of Palaeolithic Emotions. I opted to not appropriate the attendant art. Check it out of you are interested in what I didn’t purloin.