Essay On Som Determinism

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Throughout my adolescence, I was raised, taught, and encouraged to believe that I have free will and I am held responsible for my actions. On the other hand, not many people were raised, taught or encouraged to believe the way I was. Most people believe they are not held responsible for their actions. There are external factors in which we have no control of and our ability to do things differently is limited. This means that if an external factor is causally determined, then your ability to do something differently in a situation is nowhere near your control. Depending on the situation we encounter ourselves in, and the way we respond to it, we might argue that based on the outcome of the situation, whether it is good or bad, it makes humans determined. But then again, we also act based on our desires and emotions, which makes it seem that we are acting freely.

The dispute of free will and determinism has drawn attention to many people, including me.
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Causal determinism is the view that the prior state of the universe and laws of nature were sufficient to cause all later states of the universe” (The Compatibilist Conception of Free Will). The claim that every event is caused and prior event is caused by some previous event is acknowledged as Hard Determinism. It confronts the idea that if every event has a cause, then, every event including our actions are already determined. If our actions are already determined, then there is no real freedom and our freedom is only an illusion. Basically, what this means is that one’s actions are not being held morally responsible. On the contrary, a libertarian might contradict this because they feel that they are free to choose what they want to do as opposed to a determinist. A determinist argues that we are free to chose to do what we want, but our choice is an illusion and that our choice is the result of antecedent

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