Essay on Hard Determinism Is A View On Free Will

1188 Words May 24th, 2016 null Page
Humans think that we have free will, but how free are we actually. When you make a choice you think that it is free will. But really that was what you were supposed to choose all along. We all have a path that our lives will follow no matter what we do. Now are we still free? Some would say yes, because we are still given the choice in the first place. Others would say no because we can really only pick one thing and nothing else. Paul Holbach does not think we have free will. The basic summary of his argument is for hard determinism. Hard determinism is a view on free will which holds that determinism is true, and that it is incompatible with free will, and, therefore, that free will does not exist. Determinism says the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Some philosophers have taken determinism to imply that individual human beings have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions. Pereboom and Holbach are two of those philosophers.
His first part of his argument is that we humans have no control over our birth or physiology. We form habits mindlessly due to the influence of another and they are perpetually changing due to changes of life and environment. From the very start of our lives, we do not have a choice in how things go, so why should it be different once our brains develop more. All of the choices we think we make are just a predetermined plan which we have no…

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