Determinism Vs. Free Will Essay

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Many people often wonder what influences their choices, why they do the things they do, and why the world functions the way it does. Many like to argue that people make the choices they make because things are determined by nature and nurture, no other factors. Others like to argue that people have full control over the choices they make and there are no constraining factors. In this paper I will demonstrate that determinism is false and people are not typically determined by nature and nurture to perform the evil actions they do. I will identify what determinism is, the different forms of determinism, why people find it to be true, why I find it false, and show different examples of why. I will then go on to discuss free will, the …show more content…
Indeterminism is the opposite of determinism. Indeterminist believe that people are morally responsible for their actions if one has control of their freedom. I consider indeterminism, soft, and hard determinism the three main types of views people can have on determinism. People find determinism to be true because they think everything in life is determined by nature and nurture. They think God is the creator of all of their actions, including evil ones. “The ultimate author of all our volitions is the creator of the world, who first bestowed motion on this immense machine, and placed all being in that particular position, whence every subsequent event, by inevitable necessity, must result,”(Mawson, pg.323). They believe no other factors go into their decision making. They don’t believe in outside influences. If a determinist committed a horrible crime, they believe in their mind they were directed by God and no other influence to commit that crime. It is hard for me to believe in the determinist view, because I do feel people have control over their actions. I do not believe God determines everything in life or that I have no influence on the choices I make in my life. I feel God can influence peoples way of life, but not completely determine them. I believe people control their own actions and make choices with their own free will. “It is hard to see how, if the state of the world 1000 years ago fixes everything I do during my life, I

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