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PHIL 2101: Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy (Lurz): Unit 6: Free Will

PHIL 2101: Introduction to Problems of Philosophy

Free Will

What is it to do something of one’s own free will? Is it possible to act of one’s own free will if everything that happens in the universe is caused in advance by previous events according to laws of nature? If free will is an illusion, can we make any sense of right and wrong, moral responsibility, deliberation, personal worth and integrity?

Unit 6: Readings

Review Session for Final Exam

Unit 6: PowerPoint Slides

Unit 6: Multimedia

What's the value of free will?

What is the value of free will? Is it better to have free will and be unhappy or happy and have no free will? In this scene from the Matrix, Cypher decides it is better to be happy than it is to be free. Do you agree? How valuable is free will to you?