Free Will Vs Determinism Essay

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Free will, also referred to as indeterminism, is a concept based upon what philosophers refer to as having a choice to do whatever one wishes and that the individual making those decisions has the ability to choose their path. For example, if a man were to throw an apple at his boss in an explosion of outrage over his being ‘dropped’, despite his emotions being strong he would be said to have had the choice to express his emotions in such a fashion. In another example, the same man may walk out of the office building then get in his car and go home in a stoic manner; this would also state that the man had free will in choosing to do as he did. Free will is, in basic terms, the ability to choose or to take inaction or to shout or to act on impulse or to use restraint when in any setting where the human being’s mind is their own. Determinism, the antithesis of indeterminism, is as its name implies- the concept of having no free will. Philosophers imply, when under deterministic school of thought, that everything anyone does is pre-determined to happen and nothing can say otherwise. Determinism has an argument for every action that occurs in a way that it can state that destiny is inescapable. Similar to how most movies always have the good uprising over evil at the end, things will happen as they do because of outside influences out of everyone’s control. This is a very difficult statement to counter, for when say a indeterminist tries to explain away a determinist’s observations they can be thwarted by the simple words ‘you were destined to make that argument as a result of things around you’. Determinists are likened to physicists who study Newton’s law of gravity. The apple will always fall, and if you happen to be under it, then you are destined to get hit on the head. Upon reflection of the results of the Milgram experiment, one can draw many conclusions

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