Determinism vs Free Will
Unit 4 IP
Mr. Jerry Nwonye
In this essay I will define determinism, I will also define free will. I will answer question in a dialogue with and imaginary Socrates. In my dialogue I will give clear and conclusive answers and I will use the socratic method. I will also provide examples when possible, or needed.
Determinism vs Free Will
Socrates: What is the definition of determinism?
April: Determinism is a belief in the inevitability of causation. Everything that happens is the only possible thing that could happen (Baumeister,2009).
Socrates: What is the definition of free will?
April: Free Will is the ability to freely choose one of several possibile alternatives, to make decisions the outcome of which is and cannot be known in advance (Voss,2007).
Socrates: Do you agree that every event has an explanatory cause?
April: Yes I do, Everything happens for a reason.
Socrates: How do you define event?
April: I would define even as something that happens. For example like a birth or a wedding.(Solomon,2010)
Socrates: How do you define explanatory cause?
April: An explanatory cause is the assumption that every event in the universe including our own actions, can be explained and understood.(Solomon,2010)
Socrates: Do you agree that every human choice or event has an explanatory cause?
April: Yes I absolutely agree, because every human choice and action has an explanatory cause.(Solomon,2010)
Socrates: How do you define human choice?
April: Human choice is the choice of humans to make a decision that is free of outside influences, because we (people) are the only ones responsible for the decisions we make every day.
Socrates: How do you define human event?
April: Human events are the things (events) that happens to human beings in their life, like getting married, having children, going to college, and even death.
Socrates: Are they different?
April: Yes, I think human choice and human event... [continues]
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