The Problem Of Free Will: Libertarianism

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The Problem of Free Will: Libertarianism The problem of free will discusses whether or not there is free will and moral responsibility in one’s actions. Causal determinism, the idea that physical events and actions have physical causes, plays a main role in this debate because it determines whether a person has control over their actions (G. Tiller, personal communication, October 2015). In hard determinism, there is only causal determinism so, a person has no control over the choices they make because all decisions are predetermined, thus there is no free will or moral responsibility. In soft determinism, causal determinism exists and is compatible with free will through the difference between unfree and free acts, so free will and moral responsibility are present. In libertarianism, causal determinism has no effect on a person’s …show more content…
In this paper, I will be arguing that the libertarianism view, the view that causal determinism has no effect on a person’s choices or actions, is the most plausible because it fits best with my views and opinions about the problem of free.
The libertarianism view is the theory that we possess free will, and our free will is not the result of causal determinism or random chance, but rather the result of a rational agent that resides in us. Out of the three perspectives, this one allows the most free will and moral responsibility since it is indicating that the person making the decision is in control of what they choose. In libertarianism, it is believed that there are two types of causation, the second type being the reasoning behind a person’s free choice. Chisholm (1982) describes, “When

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