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Free will and determinism: Overview

Philosophy | Critical and Creative Thinking | VCCCTQ043 | VCCCTQ045 | VCCCTR047 | VCCCTM053

Source: Black, S., (2019).

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Philosophers have long disagreed about whether or not we are in charge of our own destinies.

Essential Questions
  • Is there such a thing as free will and if so, how do we argue for or against it?
  • Can our lives be predetermined and if so, what form does this take?

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Axiomatic, Determinism, Free will, Rationalism, Utilitarianism

Free will and determinism | Introduction

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Free will and determinism | Free will

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Level 2eBookUtilitarianism theory of ethics is important to understand as it forms the basis of many ethical decisions made today.

Free will and determinism | Determinism

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