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are we free - Knowledge reality and nature Assignment 4 Are...

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Knowledge reality and nature Assignment 4 “Are we free” 1. What is D'Holbach's argument that we are not free? D'Holbach's argument for determinism was found in his book “the system of Nature” which was referred to as “The Atheists Bible”. His argument begins by describing the situation, that a “man’s life is a line in nature that commands him to describe upon the surface of the earth, without his ever being able to swerve from it, even for an instant”. He is saying that our lives are pre determined, we are basically traveling along a drawn out line which we can never deviate from. “Man is born without his consent, his ideas come to him involuntarily, and his habits are in the power of those who cause him to contract them.” It sounds like he is describing the life of a new born child, where the child can’t decide for himself he is at the power of the world around him not being able to choose when he eats or sleeps or showers; the baby is not free and this is how life continues. It is pretended that man is a “free agent” being able to determine his own will and regulate his own moods. It is clearly evident humans are an integral part of this universe, and it is our understanding that other aspects of this universe are causally determined so why would we be an exception to this. It is logical to believe that our actions and states of mind are also causally determined just like everything else that exists in this universe. Some may argue that “will”
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