June 26th 2017
I read this essay about Determinism and Free-Will today, which went into an argument of why compatibilism is true, I found a new term for me in philosophy and I found it quite an interesting read. Compatibilism refers to the compatibility of free will and determinism, two subjects that have yet to over take each other in being determined correct, and are still widely discussed till today by philosophers. (“Determinism, free will and compatibilism”, 2017)
“Compatibilism is the thesis that free will is compatible with determinism. Because free will is typically taken to be a necessary condition of moral responsibility,compatibilism is sometimes expressed as a thesis about the compatibility between moral responsibility and determinism.” (McKenna & Coates, “Compatibilism”, 2004)
You can read more on compatibilism here.
I quite enjoyed reading that essay and would highly recommend it. If you find yourself ever thinking about what free will is, and how fate may come into play, I’d recommend you read the essay mentioned above. Other recommendations on reading more on the subject are Amor Fati and Determinism.
I can safely say that, in my opinion, determinism plays a massive role in life. I believe life is exactly as determinism describes it; a cause in the past in which the effects continue on till this day and will continue on. This is plainly my belief, and based on the essay mentioned above, I’m a hard determinist.
What kind of determinist are you? Or are you not one? Leave a comment! I’m interested in knowing!
McKenna, M., & Coates, D. J. (2004, April 26). Compatibilism. Retrieved June 26, 2017, from https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/compatibilism/
Determinism, free will and compatibilism. (2017, June 09). Retrieved June 26, 2017, from https://yandoo.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/determinism-free-will-and-compatibilism/