Argument Paper

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Argument Evaluation Essay Determinism, Libertarian, and Compatibilism, what do they mean? How does all this effect the mind and body? These are all key focal points in the philosophical reasoning that is free will. The understanding of how the events of the current are dependent on antecedent events; how you as a person have nothing to do with making your own decisions and are not predetermined by natural order and law or that people have the power to make their own decision based on their own beliefs; lastly by combining pieces of free will and determinism. These are some of the layman's terms for the referencing of free will and how they affect moral responsibility and decision making. Determinism is the most widely denounced idea by philosophers. However there have been several prominent social scientist who have back this ideal, to include: Skinner, Freud and Lorenz. “Determinism, strictly speaking, is the position that 1) determinism is true and 2) determinism is incompatible with the sorts of freedom for moral responsibility.” (Speetzen 1). Basically, this is saying that our actions are predicated on that desires, wishes, motivations, caused by preexisting conditions and that no human actions were caused by free will. Everything is forced upon them and that things do not just happen without reason. We as humans have no free will, that free will is merely an illusion; “everything happens because it must happen”. (LaFave 1). Determinism argues as well that we do not control our own destiny, our destiny defines us. Aristotle debated this thousands of years ago “that the laws of logic might imply that we have no control over what we do.” (Rachels 106). Libertarianism, or sometimes referred to as Indeterminism, is exactly the opposite of Determinism as well as disagreeing with Compatibilism. Nothing we do as humans is due to the

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