Indeterminism, Compatibilism And Free Will

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Everyday Americans are challenged with the choice of making the right decision, whether one person robs a bank and kills an individual along the way, a police officer risking his own life to protect the lives of innocent citizens, a couple accused of murdering their new born child and dumping the body on the side of the road, the choice is yours. Americans are blessed with the power of free will, you are in charge of the choices you make and the consequences that come along with them. You are the master of your own fate and you are responsible for your future. You are in charge of yourself, the choice is yours on how you plan on living your life. Everybody wants to be free and everybody intends on creating the most extravagant life they possibly …show more content…
Hard determinism is the idea that every event that happens is because another event brought it about. Stating that every action is happening because something else happened before it. This also supports the idea that human freedom is in fact just an illusion. That the choices we make are not because we choose to make them rather that we make them because we are influenced to. Furthermore, compatibilism is the view that every human event that happens is caused, caused by surrounding influences. This also supports the suggestion that all humanly choices made within one’s self are still considered “free”. Lastly, Indeterminism and libertarianism are the final free will position. Indeterminism, is the view that some events including human actions are not determined by previous actions. Putting people in complete responsibility for the actions they commit. Lastly, libertarianism is the view that all humans are capable of making their own choices not basing them off previous events. Libertarians agree that freedom is indeed possible because people make their own genuinely free choices from within rather than the events surrounding …show more content…
Freedom indeed is an illusion, and no one is in fact “free”. This position offers the most rational form of thinking when it comes to everyday life and the world we live in. Freedom is most definitely an illusion in the idea that in some aspects we indeed have our own free will and the ability to choose and do as we want but in other situations not much personal control is present. We as humans are governed by the law living with restrictions and boundaries that place barriers’ on our everyday life and strain us from doing exactly what we want. One example would be the Elephant and the Rider by Jonathan Haidt in his book The Happiness Hypothesis. This metaphor expresses the idea of Control Vs Automatic. Human people are controlled by the inner self, or by the people in power above them. “Just as your alarm clock lacks the possibility to choose freely whether it will sound, you lack the power to choose freely, because everything you think, feel, and do is caused by factors that are beyond your control” (Chaffee 2016) Just as the alarm clock us humans are restrained by what we are allowed to do without facing some form of consequence. Human freedom is not essentially free, and no one is entitled to make their own decisions without consequences. It is hard to get the elephant and the rider to move together along the same path, not only because the elephant is a strong powering animal but because the rider and the

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