The Problem Of Free Will Essay

1005 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
It is both fascinating and disturbing to examine the problem of free will. As intelligent beings, we ironically want nothing more than to nod our heads aggressively in agreement to the concept. However when one digs deeper into what free will is and what it does or does not imply, it’s inevitable that we are nodding not because the factors of it are logical and non-contrary, but because we refuse to accept the rattling notion that our lives are, essentially not our own to govern
So what exactly is free will? Moreover, why is it a problem? Free will is a concept that is defined in philosophical terms as ‘the ability to do otherwise,’ meaning that one is not governed by anything other than oneself at that very moment. Free will rejects the idea that choices are made with the influence of either past happening or any sort of abstract of fate (i.e. determinism). But is this plausible? Is free will truly possible? One of the arguments for the existence of free will is that nothing (usually) forces us to do or not to do anything. For example, one could say nothing is keeping them from continuing reading this essay, and so therefore, one must possess free will. This may sound like a solid argument; however, it right away dismisses the choices we make as factorless. An excellent counterargument to this case is provided in the textbook, Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, which says quote:
It’s tempting to think that the experiences of conscious choice confirms that our…

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