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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...
  • Beings In Nature
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    Free WillA Matter of Perspective I want to argue that there is indeed free will. In order to defend the position that free will means that human beings can cause some of what they do on their own; in other words, what they do is not explainable solely by references to factors that have influenced them. My thesis then, is that human beings are able to cause their own actions and they are therefore responsible for what they do. In a basic sense we are all original actors capable of making moves in...
  • Beowulf's Fate
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    Beowulf's Fate or Free Will Lori Mixon In the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Rafael fate plays a major role in the characters lives. Characters allow fate to influence them and how they go about doing things. But is it really fate or peoples tendencies to do what they chose too". Fate saves the living when they drive death away by themselves". (Pg. 9) Is fate what brought Beowulf to prevail over Grendal " The monster would have murdered again and again had not God, and the hero's courage, tur...
  • Community Land
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    Utopia My own personal vision of New California would be based on small, communal type living; opposed to a centralized government system. I was struggling with the fact that I don t know if this type of living could actually work, but it is my Utopia. I do feel this would have a better chance of actually working here in New California due to its rather secluded location away from the urban sprawl of Old California and the rest of the world. The small population up here would also help communal ...
  • Paradoxical Relationship Between Fate
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    The first ode in Sophocles Antigone contains analogies that represent the paradoxical relationship between fate and free-will. The relationship that these two ideas have can be interpreted differently; yet, it is always possible to say that it is your fate to believe in free-will and go against your fate. One of the more evident phrases / verses clearly shows how the amalgamation of the two can be formed; the chorus recites, "the stormy gray area", in the ode, the word "gray" is used in a metaph...
  • 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 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...
  • Word Of God For The Christians
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    "Free Will and its effect on the Greeks, Christians, and Romans" Free will is defined as: Voluntary choice or decision; freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention (Webster's Online Collegiate Dictionary). Free will had an effect on the Greeks, Christians, and the Romans. Three stories, Oedipus the King, the Bible, and the Aenied, respectively, that we have studied and that fall in each society are examples of how free will is altered by di...
  • Romeo And Juliet
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    A large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involve fate. They believed in the stars, and that their actions weren't always their own. For example, "I am fortunes fool (794) ". Romeo cries out these words when the full impact of what he has just done and the consequences of his actions hit him. His secret marriage to Juliet of the Capulet family, his own families's worn enemy, had earlier prevented him from accepting the challenge of a fight made by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. Romeo's fri...
  • Free Riders Like Public Goods
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    The Free Rider Problem The free rider issue has become one of the most serious economic issues today. The free rider is a lazy type person who wants the benefits that others bring in without having to do the work. The free rider typically takes advantage of a public good. Living in a civilized society presents many opportunities for free riding, which we have yet to find a way to control. Economists regard the possibility for free riding as a problem for the free market, which usually leads to g...
  • Determinism Through The Laws Of Nature
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    Who Decides What? Susan is a middle-aged woman who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. While discussing her illness with her doctor, he informed Susan that she had two options: to be treated through chemotherapy, or to wait the cancer out until it finally has its way with Susan and she dies. She chooses the chemotherapy, thus choosing to live. However, the laws of nature insist and indicate that all human beings will die some day; immortality is impossible, improbable, unrealistic an...
  • View Of Soft Determinism
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    The Contradictory Nature of Soft Determinism. Introduction "There is a continuum between free and unfree, with many or most acts lying somewhere in between". (Abel, 322) This statement is a good summation of how Nancy Holmstrom's view of free will allows for degrees of freedom depending on the agent's control over the situation. Holmstrom's main purpose in her Firming Up Soft Determinism essay was to show that people can have control over the source of their actions, meaning that people can have...
  • Pro Side Of The Free Will Defense
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    Free-Will Defense The Free Will Defense is an attempted solution to the problem of moral evil. Human beings are gifted with free will by God as a condition for genuine morality, trust, love, and the like, though it also makes possible the introduction of moral evil into the world. There are various questions that are asked with the question of God. Many ask questions like- why did God give humans the ability of free will knowing that they will abuse it? Is free will a condition for real humanhoo...
  • Free And Acts
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    The term philosophy encompasses various meanings and raises many questions for example, it seeks to explore the true meaning of reality, truth, values, justice and beauty. (Lexicon Universal Encyclopedia, 240). There are many terms used by philosophers that are often interpreted differently by other philosophers. Free will is an example as well as an important debatable issue. Some philosophers view free will as non existent, while others argue that it really exists and I strongly agree with the...
  • Burgess The Question
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    Free Will is the Right of Every Man Is it better to be a man choosing wrong than a man who is forced to choose right? In the classic novel, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, a theme emerges. This is the theme of free will. Through the main character, Alex, Burgess is able to convey his ideas about free will and the oppressive nature of establishments such as governments and the media. Aside from these suggestions made by Burgess the question persists: When a man ceases to choose, is he stil...
  • Your Saving Money
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    The Hydro Cruiser Do you ever find yourself looking down at your gas gauge on your way to school or work, noticing that little pointer is staggering off way below the empty mark? Well, today we are here for your rescue, presenting the Hydro Cruiser. We are doing are part to help the environment. Also it helps "you" the common man save money, and helps us in contributing to a smog free earth. The Hydro Cruiser is a stylish sport utility vehicle that runs off of H 20 (water) instead of gasoline. P...
  • Free Trade The Phone
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    I found an article on free trade. I would like to tell you more about it. I will start by telling you about what it was about. I will show you some examples on how it could affect us in the U.S. Next I would like to share my option on the article. I will give you some example on how this article may or may not affect my current job. Finally I will tell you what type of international work I've done in the past. I went online to the Phoenix website and found an article on free trade. It talked abo...
  • Oedipus's Fate
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    In the Theban plays, Oedipus's fate and free will was destined at the beginning by the oracle's tale. Throughout the plays, Oedipus finally realizes that free will would not stop fate from happening. As the plays unfold, no matter what's done or said to change the events, fate is always predestined. Fate in the Webster's Dictionary states that fate is "the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do". Oed...
  • Three Problems With Descartes View Of Substance
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    Descartes's defines Substance, as "a thing existing in such a manner that is has no need of any other thing in order to exist". He also states "substance is a name which we cannot attribute in the same sense to God and his creatures". That statement right there clearly defines that God is viewed on a higher pedestal. He reasons that there are three kinds of substance and two types. The three kinds of Substance are God, Mind, and Body; and the two types are Independent and Dependent. God is indep...

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