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    Can you escape fate? Are we free or are we influenced by outside factors? Does our past determine our future? Philosophers have presented two opposing views to answer the aforementioned questions; do we follow free will or determinism? Free will is the concept that we are free to make our own decision. Determinists argue that actions, just like our world, are based on cause and effect. The following essay will explore the concept of free will, determinism and compatibilism; a concept that some…

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    only viable position in the debate concerning free will and determinism. In doing so, I will present, explain, and critically evaluate compatibilism. I will then consider, but ultimately refute, the following two objections against compatibilism: the hard determinists’ argument that we have no free will due to causal determinism and the libertarians’ argument that we are not causally determined. Compatibilism is the theory that causal determinism and free will are both true. Causal determinism…

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    Free Will In Theology

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    Free Will in Theology In the Christian faith, it is taught at a young age that God gave man free will in order to make one’s own decisions, however time and time again, both throughout history and the Bible, as well as other religious texts, that man abuses the power to make their own decisions and falls away from their gods in order to do what is superficially beneficial to themselves. From Eve being influenced by Lucifer and eating the apple of her own free will, to more modern examples of…

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    Free-Will Vs Determinism

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    When discussing the humane contrast between Free Will and Determinism, Free Will is the side I support. My argument is the concept that all natural occurrences can’t always be explained, but they “just happen”. Even though scientific facts contradict Free Will, a balance of the two beliefs is very possible and is controversial in modern conversation. All human beings contain Free Will in any scenario or situation they encounter; Although this is different for each individual and their beliefs.…

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    Spinoza Free Will Analysis

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    Discussion regarding free will is inescapable in philosophy, as a correct characterization of free will is paramount in comprehending our place in the world, as well as how to navigate it. Spinoza and Descartes have both conjured up an interpretation of free will that is consistent with their own systems of metaphysics but drastically different from the conclusions of their counterparts. In this essay, I will summarize and contrast their views, and demonstrate how each of their analysis of free…

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    Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

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    may have reasons for evil existing, the main reason being to allow humans to have free will. Before I present my…

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    concerns us and with a related kind of moral responsibility -- the freedom in question being voluntariness” (Honderich). Compatibilism is a medium between the two in that it does not justify determinism but takes the stance that neither determinism nor free will conflict with the other…

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    Hard Determinism Analysis

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    have a legitimate free will. Hard Determinism conveys the idea that we are fully determined, we do not have free will, and that no one is morally responsible for their actions. As stated by Hard Determinism, the activities of man are never free, but the received ideas which are planned to make others fulfill their desires ("Notes on Determinism and Indeterminism," n.d.). For a man to be free, he should not encounter any restrictions or obstacles. According to Holbach Men are not free agents in…

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    Before you can understand what Jean-Paul Sartre refers to as despair, anguish and abandonment, moreover condemned to be free, you should first understand the meaning of subjectivity. Furthermore, you need to understand that individual feelings (sadness, happiness, etc.) are not the objective in Sartre’s reason. Hence, you seem aware of the concept of existence precedes essence, however you abandon the notion of taking responsibilities of your choices by choosing ignorance; in turn, you…

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    Existentialism In No Exit

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    predisposition of what each human is born to do. Humans, according to existentialist beliefs, are condemned to be free. With freedom comes consequences. Since humans are free to make their own decisions, we are each responsible for our own consequences. Letting others choose for us would be being in bad faith because that would be putting oneself in the position to have as much free will as an inanimate object. In the play No Exit, all three characters Joseph Garcin, Estelle Rigault, and Inez…

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