Freedom as Necessity Essay

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Freedom as necessity According to the text book, Doing Philosophy: An introduction through thought experiments; If freewill does exist then it would mean causal determinism, consequences of past events combined with the laws of nature, is most likely to be true, but that would also signify that our actions are not determined by us, but by other forces that we cannot control. On the other hand, if causal indeterminism is our past events or other forces that do not play a role in our decisions, therefore our behaviors are uncaused is true, then it would still not verify that we even have free will because our actions are not up to us, but other forces that we are not aware of. Therefore, there is no such a thing as causal indeterminism or determinism, so we cannot act on our own free will. But then do we even possess the ability of free will? Fortunately, a solution that sounds interesting to this problem is compatibilism. Compatibilism does not eliminate the belief in neither causal determinism nor the existence of free will. Believers in compatibilism also believe that we can be held responsible for our actions no matter the circumstances. We have free will to choose what we are, what we do, and what paths we take in life, “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice”, Isaac B. Singer. Both incompatibilists and traditional compatibilists also share these same beliefs. But how are we to know if we have free will in our grasps? A. J. Ayer, a British philosopher, states, “It is only when it is believed that I could have acted otherwise that am held to be morally responsible for what I have done. For a man is not thought to be morally responsible for an action that it was not in his power to avoid”. In other words, we are morally responsible for performing any given act only if a person could have acted otherwise. This condition for being responsible

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