Essay on Determinism Vs. Free Will

766 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 4 Pages

One of the greatest discussions amongst philosophers deals with explaining the basis of all human actions. This debate between determinism and free will is at the core of many philosophical questions. Determinism is the idea that every event in the universe is determined by a previous event or cause, and that there is no free will. Determinism is not the idea that an event will happen and we have no control over it, but the idea that our actions are predetermined by our previous actions, the actions preceding them and the laws of nature (p. 5). In this essay I will explain the most popular argument for determinism, the necessity and importance of free will, and several other important philosophical questions that are frequently presented in the discussion of determinism and free will. One of the most prominent proponents of hard determinism is Derk Pereboom. Pereboom’s argument for determinism deals with the idea that agent-causation is the only possible way that we could have free will. He believes that this is the only view that allows for free will because it gives us the ability to be completely in control of our actions. However, Pereboom believes that science has ruled out agent-causation, therefore making free will impossible (p. 86). Is free will really that important? Determinists say that it is not. Derk Pereboom believes that free will is overrated and something that we do not need in order to enjoy life because the things that we hold most…

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