How Self Control Is Truly Free Will

1143 Words Mar 31st, 2016 5 Pages
In everyday life we have the free will to control every aspect of our lives and actions through our choices and self control, however there are times when this sense of free will is challenged. In Patricia Churchland’s article she covers how self control is truly free will, it can shape our actions, as well as habits. Yet, there are reasons why ones own self control could be diminished, for example, the case of the man who had strangled his own wife in his sleep. Churchland believes that self control is an application of our free will, and that the two could basically be interchangeable. Using Churchland’s article, you can understand that although self control is the application of our free will, but there are times where our self control is challenged.

Self control is defined as “the ability to control oneself, in particular one 's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one 's behavior, especially in difficult situations.” (Definition of SELF–CONTROL, 2016) and outlined by Churchland as being able “to exercise control is important not only concerning fears, but also concerning various temptations, impulses, emotions, and seductive choices.” (Churchland, 169). Comparing it to the definition of free will which is “if you are intending your action, knowing what you are doing, and are of sound mind and your decision is not coerced” (Churchland, 180). It is clear that free will itself is truly just a form of self control.

As Churchland said, although “the…

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