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Do we choose Freely?. ?. Why might we think we are free. It feels like we are in control of some of our decisions We hold people accountable for their actions It seems that people might have done otherwise. Determinism.

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Why might we think we are free
Why might we think we are free

  • It feels like we are in control of some of our decisions

  • We hold people accountable for their actions

  • It seems that people might have done otherwise


Determinism

Determinism

All of our choices are entirely pre-determined by prior causes. We could not have chosen otherwise


Indeterminism
Indeterminism

Some of our decisions have no cause


Libertarianism
Libertarianism

Some of our decisions are self (agent)-caused

Cause

Effect


Why we might not be free
Why we might not be free

  • Many of our decisions are not make consciously; Hidden bias, for example.

  • Our brains seem to decide before we are aware of that decision


The unconscious
The Unconscious

Free decisions

Un-free decisions


Compatibilism
Compatibilism

All of our choices are determined. We could not have done otherwise. But if we are doing what we want to do, we are free and, therefore, responsible for our actions


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