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Free Will

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Free will rai the question whether, and in what sense, rational agents ex control over their actions, decisions, choices. Addressing this question requires understandi the relationship between freedom and cause, and determining whether the laws of nature are causally deterministic. The var philosophical posi taken diff on whet all events are determined or not — determinism versus indeterminism — and al on whe freedom can coexist with determinism or not — compatibilism versus incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibilists who argue that the universe is deterministic, and that this makes free will impossible. Libertarians are also incompatibilists. Th believe th free wi exists and strict causal determinism is false. The problem is to reconcile fr will with chance or indeterminism, whi threatens to ma actions random. The principle of free will has religious, ethical, and scienti implications. For example, in the religious realm, free will implies that an omn divini does not assert its po ov individual will and choices. In ethics, it implies that individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. The que of fr will has been a central is since the beginni of philosophical thought.