Determinism Vs Free Will Essay

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Determinism is the philosophical proposition that every event, decision and action is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. It dictates that every event or state of affairs, including every human decision and action, is the inevitable and necessary consequence of antecedent states of affairs. This has radical and far-reaching implications for morality, science, and religion. Free Will, determinism, moral responsibility and how they work together, or don’t, is an enormously complicated question.
The essay will, in essence inspect the determinism–free will problem. It will start with a basic introduction to the concept of determinism. Historical observations and interpretations about it will be outlined and criticised,
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Before an elaborate discussion, basic assumptions and facts essential for carrying out an elementary analysis of the question will be listed, views of people who gave significant contribution to the development of ideas on this topic will be discoursed, arguments and counter-arguments regarding the same question will be developed. Gradually, the essay will attempt to shape an opinion on the same question. After a detailed investigation of the main question, the essay will try to find the ethical implications of either free will or determinism (obtained from the discussion) on the life a common man and his day-to-day activities (or does it even matter which of the stances we choose!). The next set of questions which will be addressed will be related to the effect of knowledge of a deterministic world on the decision-making process employed by people and that if determinism is true, whether one can be held morally responsible for one’s action or inaction. The same question will be addressed considering the different kinds of determinisms as mentioned earlier. Finally, the essay will conclude by reiterating the conclusion obtained for the primary question and a summary of its implications on the world and all humans will be
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