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Free Will

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Free will raises the question whether, and in wh sense, rational agents exercise control over their actions, decisions, choices. Addressing this question requires understanding the relationship between freedom and cause, and determining whether the laws of nature are causally deterministic. The var philosop positions taken dif on whet all events are determined or not — determinism versus ind — and also on whether freedom can coexist wi deter or not — compatibili vers incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibilists who argue th the un is deterministic, and that this makes fr will impossible. Libertarians are also incompatibilists. Th bel th free will exists and stri causal determinism is false. Their problem is to reconcile free will with chance or indeterminism, which threatens to make actions random. The principle of fr will has religious, ethical, and scientific implications. For example, in the religious realm, free wi implies that an omnipotent divinity does not assert its po ov in will and choices. In ethics, it implies that individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. The qu of fr will has been a ce is since the beginning of philosophical thought.