The Laws Of Nature And Causal Relationships Essay

1937 Words Jul 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
I chose to write this paper. I could have made the decision to do otherwise. Seemingly, multiple different courses of action were at my disposal upon beginning this endeavor; as there are now, and will be later. Intuitively, this how we see free-will—as a path leading towards an array of alternative possibilities. It seems evident that that we possess the freedom to direct our course of actions in anyway we desire. But what if this was an illusion?
Such a claim is not as outlandish as it sounds. Analysis of the laws of nature and causal relationships support this assertion. Our brain, in particular our neural mechanisms, which we associate with decision making, seems to be governed by physical laws in a way that makes it predictable, and out of our control. Furthermore, as far as we can see, causal relationships are time sensitive—causes always precede their effects. This is important, because if certain events of the past determine events of the future, then our agency over our actions is threatened. Both arguments are the basis of determinism:
If we are to believe this claims, then how can we truly believe in the reality of our freedom? Unsurprisingly, no free-will means no moral consequences—we couldn’t be held responsible for actions beyond our control. In a moral society, this claim cannot stand. Consequently, many philosophers have sought to reconcile determinism with free-will. Chief amongst them is Henry Frankfurt, who sought to realign the free-will debate by…

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