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Free Will

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Free wi rai the question whether, and in what sense, rational agents exercise control ov the actions, decisions, choices. Addressing this question requires understanding the relationship between freedom and cause, and determini whether the laws of nature are causally deterministic. The various philosophical positio taken dif on whether all events are dete or not — determinism ver indeterminism — and also on whether freedom can coexist with determinism or not — compatibi versus incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibili who argue that the universe is deterministic, and th this ma fr wi impossible. Libertaria are also incompatibilists. They believe that fr will exists and strict causal determinism is false. Th problem is to reconcile fr will with chance or indeterminism, which threatens to ma acti random. The principle of free will has religious, ethical, and scientific implications. For example, in the religious realm, free wi implies th an omn divinity does not assert its power over individual will and choices. In ethics, it impl that individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. The question of fr will has been a centr issue since the beginning of philosophical thought.