Are Free Will and Determinism Compatible? Essay

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Are free will and determinism compatible? Free will is definitely a debated subject that philosophers have debated for a very long time. Free will is the apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined (www.plato.stanford.edu). Hard determinists believe that if our actions are determined, then it is not possible for us to have free will. Libertarians argue that our actions are not determined verifying that we have free will. Some soft determinists partially agree with hard determinists in that our actions are determined; however, they disagree in claiming our actions are free. In contrast, some soft determinists agree with libertarians that we have free will and disagree that our actions are determined ( The Free Will Debate Unit 5 XIII section III). Compatibilism is the thesis that free will and determinism are compatible. It is in my opinion that free will and determinism are not compatible; therefore, compatibilism does not exist. There are many paths before us and the one we choose is of our own design. We have the freedom and ability to choose our course and destination, physically and mentally. I believe in free will. “Determinism is based on the facts that what has happened in the past to a given situation, will happen again if the same procedures are done to get those previous results...” (Chekettia Lloyd-Williams Feb 19, 2013 1:38 pm.). “The idea that a complete description of the casual facts guarantees what will happen next is the thesis of determinism. This thesis says that if you list all the casually relevant facts preparing to the match and its environment at a given time, these facts uniquely determine what will happen next” (Sober p. 297). Determinism, especially soft determinism, is supported as a theory of free will by many philosophers. David Hume is a soft determinist philosopher that believed actions are both

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