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Free Will

Introduction of a Wikipedia article. Complete article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will
Free will raises the ques whether, and in wh sense, rational agents exercise control over their actions, decisions, choices. Addr this question requires understanding the relationship between fre and cause, and determining wh the laws of nature are causa deterministic. The various philosophical positions taken differ on wheth all events are determined or not — determin versus indeterminism — and also on whether freedom can coe with determinism or not — compatibilism versus incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibilists who ar th the univer is deterministic, and that this makes fr will impossible. Liber are also incompatibilists. Th believe th fr will exis and st causal determinism is false. Th problem is to reconcile free will with chance or indeterminism, which threatens to ma actio random. The prin of free will has religious, ethical, and scientific implications. For example, in the reli realm, free wi im that an omnip di does not assert its po ov indivi wi and choices. In ethics, it implies th individuals can be held mo accountable for their actions. The qu of fr will has be a central issue since the beginning of philosophical thought.