Free Will: An Example in Sophocle´s Oedipus Rex

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Do we really have free will or is it as mythical as are the gods and most just simply don’t know it yet? As I am not a philosopher I do not know for sure, but I would assume that it is a question that has been a plague to their thoughts for a while. There are many ways to talk about this topic though this will only be covering a few aspects. The inspiration for this was a combination of the popular Greek play called Oedipus by Sophocles and a paper written by Mrs. Cysewski containing instructions for a report which her class was going to write. Back to the topic at hand: do we make our own personal decisions or is that just what we think? According to Daniel Wegner, “It is simply common sense that the brain conducts business on it’s own. It doesn’t need anything else to orchestrate the complex operations that constitute awareness, cognition, control of behavior, etc. It has also become clear that for us to successfully navigate the world, the brain must have a stable sense of a self, acting within an environment represented as non-self . Even though there is no one in charge of what it does, the brain generates a strong feeling of personal agency, borne out by the obvious fact that people accomplish many things in every way. “ He describes the feeling of conscious will as an “emotion of authorship”. He makes the point that all that the conscious “will” does is keep track of who did what. “Since we aren’t in a position to observe or understand ” the mind“ we construct an explanation involving the experienced, will: we, as conscious, mental, willing agents, simply cause our behavior.” (Wegner) Usually, we feel very much in control, and Wegner points out that we as human beings are the experts at deluding ourselves that... ... middle of paper ... ...s we limit our choices that we have by making mistakes in our lives, perhaps this is because this is what i have been taught my whole life and what makes sense to me or this could possibly only be what I am supposed to believe. Works Cited "IsOedipus a Free Man or a Fool of the Gods?." Free or Fool. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2014. . I am planning to use this source to help connect the story of oedipus to my topic using points that others have brought up. Sophocles, and David Grene. "Oedipus the King." Literature: World Masterpeices. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1991. 430-470. Print. Wegner, Daniel. "Wegner's The Illusion of Conscious Will." Wegner's The Illusion of Conscious Will. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. . I will use this to support the side against free will
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