Essay about The Dispute Of Free Will And Determinism

1415 Words Jun 15th, 2016 6 Pages
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. Some historical philosophers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, David Hume and Thomas Hobbes have used some very strong arguments in support of their beliefs. A couple of different positions on this issue are libertarianism, determinism and compatibilism. In correlation to the different positions, based on the lectures from class, I recall that libertarianism is when an individual’s free actions are not determined. In other words, libertarians can choose the way how he or she lives their life as long as he or she respects the…

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