Are We Really Free?

1634 Words Jul 31st, 2015 7 Pages
The main questions for this paper is are we really free? This is for some people a difficult question to answer but for some they do not give it much thought. But when you look at it from a philosophical standpoint, it is not a simple answer. Some people look at the question with an open mind, some with a closed mind. I will be comparing and contrasting the three points that support the question are we free, and end with what I feel is the best viewpoint. Each point will be a summary of what I feel each mean to human rights.
The first point I will discuss is determinism, which also has an extreme form called “hard determinism” (Chaffee, 2013, p. 173). Vilhauer states that “hard determinists hold that determinism and moral responsibility are incompatible, that determinism is true for all our actions, and that we are therefore not morally responsible for any of our actions” (Vilhauer, 2008, p. 211). By this, the quote is basically contradicting itself meaning that we choose the things that we do, but we can’t choose the things we do. “The determinist view of human freedom is typically based on the scientific model of the physical universe” (Chaffee, 2013, p. 176). This is meaning that the universe was formed based on events. To me this seems to define that determinists believe evolution and that the universe just appeared. “Events in the physical universe consistently display well-defined casual connections. There are scientific exceptions to this precise casual determinism…

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