Spinoza and Free Will Essay

978 Words Oct 14th, 1999 4 Pages
There are many great philosophical ideas and questions that are known and of course unknown. One of the questions that really enticed my interest was the question of whether or not we have free will. I myself was once a believer of people having free will and doing what I want was my choice and my choice alone. However, after careful consideration and lectures I have been reversed in how I believe in free will. Is there any free will though? Many people would say yes there is and of course there are some who believe that free will is a fallacy and not to be believed. Whether or not there is free will is yet to be determined but what we have to go on and by is from philosophers and every person who has their two cents to fill in. In …show more content…
A simple case to see if are bodies are governed is by taking a look at people with handicaps. All of the quadriplegic and paraplegic people in the world, they do not have the ability to move their arms or their legs whenever they feel like it because of damage to their nerve cords in multiple places in the back and neck region. Spinoza has been a supporter for non free will and that the laws of physics govern material bodies, and what happens to a material body is completely determined by what happened before. This happened because the mental and material are one and the same, what ends up happening in the minds is as inevitable as what happens in the material bodies. To do a perfect quote from the book, "Everything was, is and will be exactly as it must be.

On the other hand of free will the side of whether or not free will does exist there are many who believe that free will not only exists but also thrives as we speak. There are many different examples of why and how free will is there. Many have said that because I can do this because I just said I can and I am doing it right now whether it be waving a hand or just plain walking. There are reactions that we can control in the human body, we can voluntarily move our arms, legs, hands, feet and so forth but we can also decided when we use the restroom and even how we talk (we can lower or raise our voice). With the including of God into the talks of philosophical
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