freewill2 - Throughout history the concept of free will and...

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Throughout history the concept of free will and the capability of humans to obtain it has been the focus of major philosophical arguments. Stemming from the sixteenth century free will has been the central focus for many philosophers. Although this subject is greatly debated among a vast number of philosophers the concepts of free will and the questions that go along with it have largely remained unanswered. This paper will show that us as humans cannot, in the end, obtain free will nor choose freely the events in our lives. Though we may, somewhat, have a sense of free will in our decision making process, free will is merely an illusion in the sense that it is controlled mainly by external forces which have been laid out for us ahead of time. One must first gain knowledge of the concept of free will in order to discuss it in further detail. Free will is the belief that external forces are not the direct cause of human behavior but it is rather the choices in which the human being makes that is directly associated with their behavior. In other words, one is responsible for his or her own choices and actions. The libertarians, who believe people have the ability to change one’s actions, and do otherwise in exactly the same situation, support this approach towards free will. At the same time libertarians also believe that if people did not have libertarian free will then there would not be moral responsibility. Determinism on the other hand can be split into soft determinism and hard determinism, when it is brought into question. Soft determinism rejects the idea that any sort of libertarian idea of free will is required to have moral responsibility. Such as if a person were to make the decision about something, this decision would be made with some degree of freedom and in effect one would be morally responsible for one's decision. Hard determinism on the other hand is a position that moral responsibility is impossible, and free will does not exist but is required in order to choose freely. Free will in itself is a very ambiguous term considering the vast amount of possible meanings that it can hold. Many physical and mental events can be described as both free and un-free
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