Essay about A Case for Free Will
But the emphasis on causation as the argument for the nonexistence of free will is a logical fallacy. Of course all actions have causes. All persons have a motive for their actions, be it a desire to achieve for success, be it in response to certain cues from the environment or be it a desperate desire to end pain inflicted by torture. People do not produce volitions randomly, disconnected from the environment and reality for that would truly enslave an individual to chance, depriving an individual of his free will as demonstrated by Sider’s Mother Theresa example analogy.
In Sider’s argument against the lack of causation as the definitive requirement for free will, he clearly demonstrates that such an argument is contradictory as it equates to the nonexistence of free will. He uses Mother Theresa, the symbol of peace and love to many, throwing a grenade at the children in an orphanage as an example of the fallacy of this argument. He points out that Mother Theresa throwing a grenade for no motive; no reason would her being deprived of her free will (Sider 119). She never meant to hurt the children in the orphanage, it was simply chance that it she never intended it to happen and appealing