Existentialism And Free Will

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“The word "freedom" has many other uses -- political freedom being the foremost among these – but the kind of freedom that I am talking about could be exercised even if a person lay encased in chains, or had a gun aimed at his head. It is the freedom of the mind from causal determination, not the freedom from physical constraints or threats of violence.” (Caplan, 2014) Today most of us do not believe in the tactics of free will. According to Meriam Webster dictionary free will is the power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate of divine will. To those who know and understand the concept of free will still have a tendency to question if free will exist or not. Free will is the basis …show more content…
According The Love of Wisdom existentialism is “a school of philosophy that rose to prominence in the mid- twentieth century, which denies that there is a fixed human nature. This implies that humans are radically free and must define life’s meaning in light of their own goals and desires. “(Cowan and Spiegel, 2009) Existentialism is the belief that our pure existence of being is free and only we can determine how our intentions develop. The main point of existentialism is freedom to be anything we as humans want to be. Free will is a huge part of existentialism just based on the definition alone we know that people require free will in order to determine who we would like to be. In terms of Sartre, “[M]an is nothing else but what he makes of himself”; we are “condemned to be free.” (Cowan and Spiegel, 2009). Sartre believes that life is absurd and we crave our own sense of purposefully meaning to life. Without higher power to provide order we are given the perfect opportunity and provided with the ability to create our own meaning. We are defined by how we act, not by how society expects us to act. Hence where free will comes into play. We become our choices, and take full responsibility for any and everything we do. There is no being an existential person if one can’t have the freedom of free will to choose whom they would like to

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