Essay on Do People Really Have Free Will

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Do people really have free will? Toshia Perry Axia College Slide 2 What exactly is free will? Speaker notes: It is the ability for a person to determine some or all of his actions. Some consider free will to be its own cause. Some consider free will to be independent of any other causation, predestination, or predetermination by any other person, event, or stimulus. Of course, this does not make sense since a person is free to do as he/she wants but what he/she wants can only be consistent with his own nature. I propose that free will involves four aspects: Conception, Desire, Choice, and Accomplishment. Conception leads to desire which leads to choice which leads to accomplishing that choice. Slide 3 Who determines …show more content…
You have some places where that is all ready decided for them and that is it, they do not get to choose. I think we have too much free will in this area, I think we have become greedy and expect too much sometimes because we have the ability to say yes or no to something. When I was a kid growing up we had to eat what our mother made us or we did not eat at all, it made us mad but that is when I did not have free will to say what I wanted whereas today I do have free will and I use it for a number of things. Slide 8 Marcus Tullius Cicero Speaker notes: This roman philosopher had strong views on the whole free will issue, he believed that If there is free will, all things do not happen according to fate, as well as if all things do not happen according to fate, there is not a certain order of causes; and if there is not a certain order of causes, neither is there a certain order of things foreknown by God. Slide 9 William James Slide 10 Benedictus de Spinoza Slide 11 Conclusion Slide 12

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