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originally posted by: Incandescent
a reply to: Abednego
In Western philosophy, "Free Will" is not a well-defined term.
Does "free" mean unrestricted, and does "will" mean action, volition or determination?
If we changed the term to mean "unrestricted volition" then I don't believe that exists. There are restrictions to the choices we can make when acting and as has been mentioned, this results in only a small sample of actual decisions we can realistically make.
If we changed the term into "unrestricted determination" then I would agree that it exists. Many people throughout history and some living today have been able to effect positive change into their lives despite going through suffering and turmoil. Such stern internal determination was able to triumph over such extraordinary external pressures.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
originally posted by: Abednego
Does free will really exist or is just an illusion of freedom?
Do you really think you can do whatever you want? or is just the illusion of freedom of choosing between so many options?
Are we really free to choose our path? or our lives are already defined by a set of choices that, in the end will get us to the same place no matter what we choose?