One of the main arguments of soft determinism is that if you could do otherwise by yourself, then that person has free will. If a person is unable to do otherwise, then that person lacks free will. In situations where one is constrained (being held against their will) because another person is intimidating that person, free will is lacking not because of determinism, but because the victim's choices are being limited. Soft determinists argue that determinism does not matter. What matters is that one’s choices are the consequences of their own choice, and are not overwhelmed by some outside force. There are also other situations where people may lack free will, like being hypnotized or... [continues]
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