Analysis Of The Philosophical Concepts Of Determinism And Free Will

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Analysis of Free Will The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines “free will” as the discretion to choose between varieties of courses of action.The debate and arguments that surround free will have occupied philosophers for many centuries. Many scholars believe that the concept of free will is connected to the concept of responsibility, guilt, sin and other judgments that apply to the actions that are freely chosen by people. Other philosophers also link free will to the concept of persuasion, prohibition and advice that make no point unless different possible results arise from the courses of action. Determinism, on the other hand, is a philosophical concept that states that human actions are ultimately determined by causes that are external to their will. A section of philosophers hold on to this theory to imply that people have no free will and as a result can 't be held morally responsible for their actions. This paper seeks to provide an in-depth analysis of the philosophical concepts of determinism and free will by addressing the arguments made by some philosophers. The paper also analyzes the philosophical concepts as presented in the film the Butcher Boy. Philosophers who believe in determinism believe that all behavior is determined by internal and external forces acting on the individual. Proponents of free will believe that external and internal factors do not exist, but that people have free will to choose their behavior. Therefore, the argument whether

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