philosophy essay | Free will


  1. Free Will. We examined two arguments for the conclusion that we lack free will. The
    first turned on the claim that our actions are determined by our desires. The second turned
    on the thesis that every event is determined by the past and the laws of nature.
    Choose one of these two arguments, state and explain the argument, and show that the
    argument fails. Defend your response to the argument against likely rebuttals.


Free will is a philosophical dogma positing that human beings have the ability to make a choice different alternative.  The dogma posits that human actions are not uncontrollable because people make a deliberate decision to do what they do (Horst 39). This concept is closely tied to issues of praise, responsibility, guilt, and others where a person is expected to make a decision to do or not to do. However, the existence of free will is widely contested religiously and philosophically. There are two broad arguments against free one. One argument posits that our actions are mainly determined by our desires, and the other posits that every happening is governed by the past and laws of nature. The main concern in this study is to rebut the second argument on universal determinism of actions in the world. The argument that what happens in the world is governed by the past and the laws of nature is however flawed in different aspects.