A question on luck which an acceptable definition would be .......
success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions.
If I strike a golf ball from a tee and it hits a rock and goes straight in for a hole in one is that “luck”?
How is it deemed so if my intention is to strike the ball in an attempt to get it in the hole?
If It happened to hit a rock and go in it would be deemed “lucky” , what if I aimed for the rock hoping for that result is it luck?
Using this example would all golf shots be luck bad /good dependent on the bounce of the ball?
What exactly is luck philosophically speaking?
Surely luck exists only if a certain interpretation of quantum mechanics is true?
An interesting question.
An interesting question. Let's start with the word "chance," which you seem to see as an essential part of luck. If I follow you correctly, we have chance, hence luck, only if determinism isn't true. I think we'll see that what people mean by "luck" doesn't presuppose indeterminism, but let's start with your golfing example, Joe tees off and his shot goes wild. That's not what he wanted to happen and not what he was trying to do. However, there happens to be a rock in the right place, his ball hits it and ends up in the hole. That he did want to happen. Was he lucky? Since this seems to be a paradigm case of luck, we'd need a good reason for saying otherwise. Although it's doubtful that a real-life Joe intended to sink a hole in one (golfers seldom do), let's suppose he did. Given how things turned out, Joe himself would surely consider himself lucky: he got what he wanted but the way it happened was nothing like what he had in mind. He didn't intend to swing wild, he didn't mean to hit the rock,...
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