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The Big Question Is What Is Free Will?

     
      Free will is a philosophical term of art for a particular sort of capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives. Many philosophers suppose that the concept of free will is very closely connected to the concept of moral responsibility. Acting with free will, on such views, is just to satisfy the metaphysical requirement on being responsible for one's action.   But the significance of free will is not exhausted by its connection to moral responsibility. Free will also appears to be a condition on desert for one's accomplishments. Philosophers who distinguish freedom of action and freedom of will do so because our success in carrying out our ends depends in part on factors wholly beyond our control. Furthermore, there are always external constraints on the range of options we can meaningfully try to undertake. As the presence or absence of these conditions and constraints are not usually our responsibility, it is plausible that the central loci of our responsibility are our choices, or willings.
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      In my opinion I believe that free will is the power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will. That means basically that we as people are able to choose and do as we please and no one is able to direct us to do a specific task. Do we have free will is one of the oldest questions in philosophy , and in other fields such as psychology. Another thing was are we able to choose what we will do with our lives basically. I personally believe we have free will. Not totally free, as I do believe that our social circumstances have a heavy influence on who we are. But I still believe there is some personal freedom within each of us, and that we're not just an unfolding set of circumstances and reactions that we have no control over. The feeling that's I...

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