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  • Free Choices
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    Free Will Versus Determinism The controversy between free will and determinism has been argued about for years. What is the difference between the two? Looking in a dictionary, free will is the power, attributed to human beings, of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will. Free will allows free choice. Yet, determinism is the total opposite. Determinism has this definition: The philosophical doctrine that every event, act, a...
  • Topic Of Free Will Versus Predestination Burgess
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    Anthony Burgess's View That A Lack Of Free Choice Is Spiritually Condemning As Evident In A Clockwork Orange In all of my reading, I have come to the conclusion that Anthony Burgess is one of the greatest literary genius's of the twentieth century. His masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange, is unrivaled in obvious depth, insight, and innovation. The novel is a work of such quality, such perfection, that it seems to be genuinely written by a literary demigod. The novel's main theme deals with free choi...
  • Emotional Rejection Of A Determined Universe
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    The Free Will / Determinism Paradox Most of us humans, I would guess, prefer to think we have free will. That is, we prefer to think we are able to make choices or decisions based upon our own unique volitions. Such thought appeals to our vanities. If we make "good" choices and decisions, our self-esteem is elevated, and this gives us pleasure. On the other hand, most of our knowledge leads us in the direction of believing the universe's functions are deterministic. That is, our knowledge tells ...
  • Free Choice
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    Our Free Will We ought then regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its previous state and the cause of the one which is to follow. An intelligence knowing at a given instant of time all the forces operating in nature, as well as the position at that instant of all things of which the universe consists, would be able to comprehend the motions of the largest bodies in the universe and those of the smallest atoms in a single formula - provided that it was sufficiently powerful to...
  • Free Choices
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    Every day in our lives and everything we do involves some degree of decision making or choice selection either mental or physical. We start making choices and decisions from the moment we wake up everyday to the second we sleep. Some decisions we make are blatantly obvious to ourselves because of our need to reflect on the choices before choosing. However, most decisions we make throughout the day are made without much thought. We are even, quite often, unaware that we are making decisions due t...
  • Free Choice
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    The Open Boat, by Steven Crane, demonstrates fate vs. free will. In this story the characters are subject to contemplating how their fate is being determined, however free will cannot be dismissed as a contributor to their situation. The fine line between fate and free will, if it exists, is hard to define. There are many philosophical and religious debates between the concepts of free will and fate. Free will is based on a belief that our future is based on the decisions that we make today. Loo...
  • Free Choice
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    Is All Human Behavior Determined by the Laws of Physics I began the discussion by taking the determinist point of view and stated that human behavior can be determined by the laws of nature if we have access to all relevant variables. If we were to know someone's genetic make-up, the environment in which they are raised, the family they are raised by, etc., we can make valid conjectures about their behavior. For instance, if we know that a child has a very active limbic system (which is associat...
  • God's Infallible Foreknowledge And Free Human Choices
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    Augustine and Freedom: Some Tentative Philosophical Reflections Evil-doing is neglect of eternal things and love of temporal things to the extent of becoming subject to them. This is done by the free choice of the will... Free will makes sin possible but it was given that man might live righteously. 1 This is a brief summary of what Augustine believed regarding (1) the origin of sin and (2) the purpose for which humanity was endowed with free choice of the will. Though insightful as it may seem,...
  • Our Own Choices
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    Are We Free to Make Our Own Choices Pre-destination can often bring up the question as to whether we as humans control our own actions. Are we free to make our own choices, or is everything we do pre-determined by a supernatural being of some sort Is it safe to say that we are responsible for our own choices Do we own a free will that allows us to choose our life path, or are our actions pre-determined, making our exertions useless In a society that believes in a God who is in control of our liv...
  • One Of The Stolen Child
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    Through childhood, there were always forces that were beyond our control: gravity hurling us down a slide, the recess bell, or an older brother. In this period of time, we were innocent, unable to know what the effects of these factors were; they caused scars, single file lines, and temper tantrums in the back seat. We were too young to understand what we had gotten ourselves into. Therefore, not having enough experience to know how to make our own choices, we were forced to be swept away by fat...
  • Concubine For Her Husband
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    In the Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, the character Tomo lives in a traditional Japenese society where women are very dependent. Women in Japan faced severe restrictions in matters concerning choice of career and marriage. On the other hand, virtually all women had a basic education and some even attended college. There thus developed an independence of spirit which permitted women to make important choices within the confines of a restrictive society. Tomo lived in a time and place where she did ...
  • Free
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    Upon the assumptions made by Walter T. Stace, free will is the right bestowed upon us by god with the ability to make a decision between a set of options we come across throughout life. Further assumption has to be made into that there are no influential external factors over these decisions made. For example, in situations where the circumstances leave us with no alternatives, e.g. held at gunpoint, this is not at our own free will as in the example it is not under your authority, your life is ...
  • Free Moral Choice
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    A Clockwork Orange By: Anthony Burgees Anthony Burgess was born on February 25, 1917 in Manchester, England. His true given name was John Anthony Burgess Wilson. He spoke eight languages, not including English. Burgess was a composer of music since the age of sixteen years. He taught himself how to read music and how to play the piano. The inspiration for A Clockwork Orange came while during World War II, when his wife was assaulted while he fought. She died about a month after the incident from...
  • Human Actions And Choices
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    Corliss Lamont, who is in opposition to Robert Blatchford, presents to us the issue of "freedom of choice and human responsibility. ' Lamont attempts to prove that there is existence of free will, and that freedom is a necessary condition of moral responsibility. On the other hand, Blatchford develops a view of determinism against the theories of freedom and free choice. He suggests that the past, along with the laws of nature, determine our future. Every event that occurs, including human actio...

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