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Free Will

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Free wi raises the question whether, and in what sense, rational agents exercise control ov their actions, decisions, choices. Addressing th question requi understanding the relationship between fr and cause, and determining whether the laws of na are causally deterministic. The vario philosophical positions taken differ on whether all events are determined or not — det versus indeterminism — and also on whether fre can coexist wi determinism or not — compatibilism versus incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibilists who argue th the universe is deterministic, and that this mak free will impossible. Libertarians are al incompatibilists. They believe that free will exis and strict causal determinism is false. Their problem is to reconcile free wi with chance or indeterminism, which threatens to ma actio random. The principle of free wi has religious, ethical, and scien implications. For example, in the religious realm, free wi implies that an omnipotent di do not assert its power over individual wi and choices. In ethics, it implies that in can be held morally account for the actions. The question of free wi has been a central issue since the beginning of philosophical thought.