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The Free Will Debate: Determinism And Free Will

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This paper contributes to the free will debate by defending the position of compatibilism as the most valid solution. The debate of the free will of humans relates to the seeming incompatibility between determinism and human free will. Compatibilism is the idea that determinism is compatible and consistent with free will. This debate ties into the topics of moral responsibility, and I will defend my argument that freedom and moral responsibility are compatible even with determinism. My main argument consists of the fact that “free will” means that a human being could have selected another option if they wished to do so, meaning they could have responsibility for their actions even if determinism is true. Determinism is the theory that every…show more content…
Regardless of the fact that determinism is true, there is moral responsibility. When the sufficient conditions of “free will” have been met, an individual is said to have acted out of free will. No external or internal force is coercing the individual or forcing him or her to pick one decision over the other when he or she uses his or her criteria and past decisions to make the decision. Therefore, they make the decision on free will. With this said, an individual can be held accountable for their decisions and actions even if determinism is…show more content…
Therefore, the argument is that God would be responsible for the suffering in the world. However, I defend compatibilism and the idea of free will by saying that the without freedom our world would also be devoid of goodness. Without this goodness, the world’s meaning would decrease. If the world were a constant paradise, the goodness would not have as much value. People have the choice to make moral decisions, and this is what gives these good moral decisions their
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