Rogerian Argument

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As defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, free will means “The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.” My stance on the topic: Free will? I don’t think it’s “free” if perhaps everything one does has a purpose behind it. Thoughts/ Quotes about free will: “The will is never free- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car- it can’t steer.” – Joyce Cary Support: “Of the forty subjects in the first experiment, twenty-five obeyed the orders of the experimenter to the end, punishing the victim until they reached the most potent shock available on the generator.”(929) Peculiar reactions of many people were that they come about in high stress situations. One such subject, Mr. Braverman, giving his last few shocks was almost breaking up each time he gave shock and rubbing his face to hide laughter, squinting, trying to hide face with hand and still laughing, not being able to control his laughter at this point no matter what he did, and clenching his fist, pushing it onto the table. (932) The etiquette of submission is not sadistic, however. The subjects are simply doing their jobs and don’t want to “ruttle feathers.” (932) Duty without conflict- if it were up to these people and their “free will”, perhaps they wouldn’t do what they had to do. “The subjects do not derive satisfaction from inflicting pain, but they often like the feeling they get from pleasing the experimenter.” (935) “Free Will” Rogerian Argument What is free will? As defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, free will means “The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.” In simpler terms, a person’s actions that have no restraints behind them are considered free will. There are many views on free will. Some are supportive and...
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