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Free Will

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Free will raises the questi whether, and in what sense, rational agents exercise control over their actions, decisions, choices. Addressing this quest requires understanding the relationship between freedom and cause, and determi whe the la of nature are causal deterministic. The var philosophical positions tak diff on whether all events are de or not — de ve indeter — and also on whether 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. Liberta are also incompatibilists. They believe that free will ex and strict ca determinism is false. Their problem is to re free wi with ch or indeterminism, which threate to make actions random. The principle of free will has religious, ethical, and scien implications. For example, in the religious realm, free will implies that an omnipotent divinity does not assert its power over indiv will and choices. In ethics, it implies that individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. The questi of free will has been a cen issue since the beginning of philosophical thought.