On free will- a question

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. ~José Bergamín

Yours truly is a determinist, and in quite a few instances, I have written to try and explain why I think the idea that we have free will is an illusion. In this post I would like to be persuaded that am wrong.

Consider this an open invite to anyone who usually reads this blog but is afraid to comment because some of the views expressed here are too strong. I want to be persuaded, though there are no prizes to be won at the end. It is just an opportunity for those opposed to determinism to plant doubt in my belief.

I have indicated am open to persuasion, but this will not sell.

Fire away!


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

57 thoughts on “On free will- a question

  1. shelldigger says:

    You know, there are groups who will threaten to kill your family if you don’t do something they ask of you. How does that figure into the free will question?

    …there are times where playing the philosophy game goes beyond its usefulness. Philosophy should be limited to determining whether lines of logic make an argument… arguable. When an argument fails on its premise, gods for example, there isn’t much point on arguing the meaning of a bible verse, when the argumet is flawed from the start. I see this line of questioning in a similar vein. if our supposed killer did this crime, he is guilty of the crime regardless of the question of free will.

    My deterministic side sees the possibility something like a simple pickpoctet event would be a matter of pickpoket and target being in the same place at the same time. Fate. My neccessitarian side sees that the intent of pickpocketing, could result in a murder of either individual, by the consequence of any of several actions that could arise in the process of what was meant to be nothing more than a stolen wallet. Once a course of action is initiated, there is no way to forsee all of the possible actions that could be taken, or the resuling outcome. The argument of Free Will doesn’t care if the crime resulted in a murder. The judge does.


    • makagutu says:

      As long as our justice systems remain as presently constituted, you are right that the decision of whether it was an act of murder or self defence remains with the judge and freewill doesn’t even get a chance to be debated.


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