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Free Will

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Free will raises the question whether, and in what sense, rat agents exer control ov the 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 vari philosophic positio taken di on wheth all events are determined or not — determinism versus indeterminism — and also on whether fr can coexist with determinism or not — compatibilism versus incompatibilism. So, for instance, 'hard determinists' are incompatibilists who argue th the universe is deterministic, and that this makes free will impossible. Libertarians are also incompatibilists. Th believe th fr wi exis and strict causal determinism is false. Their problem is to reconcile free will with chance or indeterminism, which threatens to make ac random. The pr of free will has religious, ethical, and scientific implications. For example, in the religious realm, free will implies that an omnipotent divinity does not assert its power over individual wi and choices. In ethics, it im that individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. The question of fr will has been a cen is since the beginning of philosophical thought.