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Free will and Determinism


What's meant by the terms `free will' and `determinism'?
Free will revolves around the idea of freedom, or liberty. Free will is the ability to make choices,
good or bad with an absolute degree of freedom. Consequently, this means…

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Predestination translated into Simple English is the idea that God has decided through his divine
omniscience about who will go to hell (damnation) or achieve heaven (salvation). Luther's idea of
Original Sin and the disobedience of Adam and Eve made Calvin result to…

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Social determinism
Another branch of hard determinism is social determinism which is more personal and looks into
the social side of things. It concludes human behaviour is determined by nature, society, genes,
you name it and so nothing is free. This is similar…

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Stephen Pinker
Pinker was influenced by Richard Dawkins and Charles Darwin suggesting that our moral behaviour
was determined through natural selection but we still have moral responsibility because of the
feeling of guilt and an innate sense of right and wrong (counter to…

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He argues that some things are uncaused and this includes human behaviour (everyone seems to
be ganging up on Watson). Through his `uncertainty principle' he argues that we don't know where
all subatomic particles are in the universe and therefore we are free…

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chosen to go to France via car and so even though nature caused the volcano, you still had the
choice to act otherwise.
Hume also argued via the principle of the `liberty of spontaneity' being the executer of free will in
spontaneous circumstances.…

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