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A Discussion on Philosophy - Free Will

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Do people really have Free Will?
- Cover the topic mentioned above, as well as 3-4 principle issues within your topic.
- Develop your personal philosophy concerning the topic you choose.
- Cite at least three philosophers mentioned in Philosophy: The Power of Ideas.

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Text: Free Will: A Discussion

'Free Will' is a term that we refer to when we rational a choice of actions in the manner by which we conduct our lives. While it can be a simplistic explanation for individual choices, it also implies religious, ethical & scientific grounds to our actions whether or not we consciously acknowledge it during the fact. Debate rages on to this day whether or not 'free will' is what it actually connotes to us linguistically - is it a total freedom of choice or is it determined and caused. If such is the case is it really 'free' as we imply it to be? Can freedom coexist with something that is already determined? The Question of Free Will has been at the centre of Philosophical debate since the time of the Ancient Greeks.

"Do you not think, my good man, that all men desire good things?"
- Socrates (in Plato's Meno, 315BC est.)

Slide 2

Text: Determinism & the Divine Problem of Free Will

If Christian Theology & teaching advocate the laws & tenets of Christianity and the Catholic Church is ruled primarily by the Vatican who advocate governing this 'earthly abode' according to the Commandments of God - then is it possible that all Christian actions, at least those who wish to enter heaven are already determined? While St. Thomas Aquinas argues that Free Will is a gift we have been endowed to exercise the gift of judgement & wisdom by an all-seeing, all-forgiving Divine God, where is freedom in a 'destined life' determined by the Divine?
Determinism finds itself in the centre of the debate on Free Will & Destiny. Theologists argue that for Free Will to happen; the Divine must not assert its power over a person's will & choices. If rules & Ethics of Faith are in place that to be faithful means following them to heart, shouldn't this mean that religion in this manner determined the outcome?

"By the mere fact of listening
we are already in the process of building.
To listen to God's Word and to put into practice
is to build on rock."
- St. Augustine, 5th century

Slide 3

Text: Determinism & Biology

Revolution in the field of Medical & Biological research has come to a conclusion that what we are is determined by our genetic makeup. This genetic makeup or 'code' in each person is unique. My DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) is unique to me & me alone while I might share some similarities with my parents & those whom I relate within the genetic pool. My behaviour therefore is dictated by my genetic make-up. Couple with socialization, the culture I am a part of, it is probably easy to psychologists to determine what choice I will make when confronted with a particular situation.
If both my parents are musicians, chances are I'll probably be one myself having grown up in a household of musicians surrounded & confronted by the craft of music. The least is that I can play an instrument & be familiar with music as a discipline. One can argue that in the future, if I would have chosen to be a musician, I did it so because I wanted it. One can also say that I did because it is in "my genes". "I wanted it" makes it appear that I chose to be a musician, "my genes" implicates that it is predetermined - I was born with music in my personal ...

Solution Summary

What is free will? Do we really have free will?

This solution is a text-guide in creating an extensive 12 slide powerpoint presentation although due to the amount of information provided, it is a great guide on the topic of free will for research or essay-papers. Using arguments from the writings of Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine, Simon Laplace, Thomas Hobbes and David Hume, the solution looks at the idea of free will and contemplates on the debates of the topic & determinism as well as destiny compounding the argument with the very modern ideas of genetics & biology. If Free Will is all about choice, aren't we designed pre-birth by our DNA & parts of our being already determined? This- along with a number of questions are discussed & debated within the solution. The solution is written in APA format so a reference list is provided. A folder containing images that can be used for a powerpoint presentation on the topic is provided although the images can be adapted just as easily into a paper/essay.