Free Will: Compatibilism

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Name Tutor Course title Date Free will: compatibilism. Free Will in philosophy refers to a particular kind of capacity of agents to choose or decide on a course of action from a variety of alternatives. The notion of free will has received a lot of attention in philosophy. Before we can examine it, however, we must understand some basic terminology. We will stand by understanding the concept of determinism. Determinism is a metaphysical philosophical position which states that for every, event, deed or action that happens, there are conditions, and given those conditions, there is nothing else that could happen that all events are determined by causes external to the will. Indeterminism, on the other hand is the concept that not all events are solely determined by antecedent causes, that, not events of all types are caused by prior events (Campbell 105). Compatibilism is the belief that both determinism and free will are compatible ideas, and it argues that it is possible to believe in both without necessarily being logically inconsistent. It is also of the essence to understand libertarianism which is a set of related political philosophies upholding liberty as the utmost political end. Libertarianism emphasizes on the primacy of individual liberty, voluntary association, and political freedom. It is the opposite of authoritarianism. Usually, libertarians advocate for a society with a greatly reduced state or not have any state at all. Hard determinism is another concept on free will which views that determinism is true, and it is incompatible with free will, thus free will does not exist (Honderich 11). In this paper, we will look deeply into the concept of compatibilism. Compatibilists or soft determinists maintain and believe that determinism is well compatible with free will. Compatibilists thus define "free will" in a way that enables it to co-exist
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