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  • Mackie's Argument Analysis

    When one examines religion, one often finds a glaring contradiction between the existence an all knowing, all powerful, all loving God, and evil. This is known as the problem of evil, and it has perplexed theists and atheists for centuries. One 20th century philosopher, J.L Mackie, used a formulation of the problem of evil in an attempt to disprove the existence of God. Over the course of his career, he sought to prove that God could not exist alongside evil. While Mackie’s argument is valid,…

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  • Ada Lovelace's Argumentative Analysis

    disabilities is free will. This is important because for a computer to exhibit any kind of artificial intelligence, it must be able to exhibit every form of intelligence humans can. In this essay, I will argue that a computer’s lack of free will is not evidence of their inability to be intelligent since free will is not a quality that humans possess. This is because thoughts occur due to brain states, which are physical and are necessitated by causal…

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  • Innocent Bagcords Analysis

    They met in the wrong place at the wrong time. They met in the right place at the right time. Fate is unexpected and mysterious, meaning no one really knows what to make of it. It just kind of happens. No one has control over fate. It can be in favor of the person, or it can be against them. People say that fate happens for a reason and most likely cannot be changed. Though some say that through specific actions it can be altered. In the movie, Inglourious Basterds, the entire plot is secretly…

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  • Allegiant Novel: A Choice That Changed Our Lives

    Allegiant Novel Essay We’ve all made a choice that changed our lives. Maybe it was choosing one person over another or choosing one path instead of another. We are going to make hundreds of choices in our lives. Some will be small, like choosing what to eat for breakfast or what to order at a restaurant. Others will be big, like choosing who to marry. Sometimes we make good choices that lead to positive things and sometimes we make bad choices that lead to negative things or…

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  • Choices In Short Stories

    Choices In the short stories “A&P” by John Updike, “Searching for Summer” by Joan Aiken, and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker the protagoni, are all face drastically different situations: an embarrassment three attractive female shoppers, a post-war world that is void of sunlight, and a rural southern home in which heritage drives the family apart. The characters can be linked together through their response to conflict: they choose to act selflessly rather than selfishly. The selfless acts of…

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  • Arguments Against Free Will

    Some arguments in favor of the existence of free will are that, for example, if we are not being forced to ‘choose’ something, like if we were being held at gunpoint, and we were not influenced by any outside factors then, we are theoretically, we choose, therefore we have free will. Arguments against free will seem to be more abundant but, the main argument seems to be that free will doesn’t exist because, our actions/thoughts are created in our brains but we do not control what we think,…

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  • Spinoza Free Will Analysis

    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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  • Indeterminism, Compatibilism And Free Will

    and dumping the body on the side of the road, the choice is yours. Americans are blessed with the power of free will, you are in charge of the choices you make and the consequences that come along with them. You are the master of your own fate and you are responsible for your future. You are in charge of yourself, the choice is yours on how you plan on living your life. Everybody wants to be free and everybody intends on creating the most extravagant life they possibly…

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  • Free Will Defense Summary

    Introduction The logical problem of evil by J. L. Mackie seeked to show a logical contradiction between the existence of a good omnipotent God that traditional theists propose, and the existence of evil. In his Free Will Defense, (henceforth FWD) Alvin Plantinga responds by arguing that agents with significant freedom are more valuable than those without, but that God cannot determine that such agents cannot choose wrong. Hence, it is possible that God exists but creates agents with…

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  • Sider's Argument On Free Will And Determinism

    according to Sider is that free will and determinism are incompatible. And they are incompatible because of the following arguments: 1. If determinism is true, then everything happens is caused by something happened previously. 2. If everything happens is caused by something happened previously, then we could not have acted freely. 3. If determinism is true, then we could not have acted freely. To understand the argument, we must first know what “determinism” and “free will” are. According to…

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