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The Copatibilist Theory Of Free Will

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When given the question “do you believe we have free will?” majority of us would believe that yes, we do. Free will is one of the most difficult philosophical ideas we are currently evaluating. Any one who provides an opinion should be mindful that they could possibly be wrong. I myself will take a standpoint with the compatibilist position, though it will be challenged by the non-compatibilist viewpoint. The compatibilist theory is that, the actions we devise can be both free and determined at the same given time. Most people who are unfamiliar with philosophical literature, are probably wondering how this is so, without being a contradiction. The key is to learn the distinction between the two and to understand how some actions are free…show more content…
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