8. Freedom and Necessity- AJ Ayer

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“Freedom and Necessity” A.J. Ayer Free Will = Ability to act otherwise, morally responsible for. But the two things that  bring question to the idea of free will are human behavior is causally governed and  men act freely.  Two contradictions- we act freely, but our governed by causal rules.  If every event has a cause, then that same idea should be applied to human  behavior.  Certain laws have been established, psychology is in infancy, and will  explain more in due time. But as it can’t show through a priori reasoning that it is  so, it equally can’t show that it isn’t so.  A claim that with human action there is a limit, which is our freedom. With  our lacking science, the reason we have no reason is bc we have yet to discover  that reason. But leads to the idea that there is no explanation until we can find one.  Its pure chance that man acts one way rather than another, he may be free  but not responsible. And the man’s whose action are totally unpredictable are  considered insane. But if it is chance that determines our choices, then there still 
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