The belief in free will underwrites


Does "the belief in free will underwrites" mean "the belief in free will lies the foundation for"?

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The question of free will is no mere curio of philosophy seminars. The belief in
free will underwrites
both the religious notion of “sin” and our enduring commitment to
retributive justice.105 The Supreme Court has called free will a “universal and persistent”
foundation for our system of law, distinct from “a deterministic view of human conduct
that is inconsistent with the underlying precepts of our criminal justice system” ( United
States v. Grayson, 1978). 106 Any scientific developments that threatened our notion of
free will would seem to put the ethics of punishing people for their bad behavior in
question. 10

-Sam Harris
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