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Free Will or Determinism: Do We Have Free Will?
To have a truly ‘free will’, means to have a will free from external influence. If there exists any factor which originated outside of the individuals own mind, then it is a will bound by external factors/limitations.
Choices are based on the intrinsic nature of a person and their experiences. Neither of these are a person's choice. Therefore, a person's mechanism of choosing is the result of external factors entirely.
Unless a being is omnipotent, its will is restricted to a certain extent.
We act out belief and are unable to control what we believe.
No action can be the cause of itself, which is the foundational requirement for free will. Therefore free will cannot exist.
Just because a will is influenced by outside factors doesn't mean there is no element of choice. To some extent I can choose how I react to what I encounter in the world.
External influence didn't limit your free will, it just put you in a position to choose something.
Only if external factors alone determine a response is it bound by external factors.
No person lives whose will was not influenced by externalites. But freedom of will is not the right or state of being left alone, rather it is the right to exercise ones faculties without being immediately destroyed.
Any amount of wiggle room in a course of action implies free will.
Free Will does not require a lack of consequence. Otherwise there would only be free will in the realm of a lone conscience without any outside reality or existence.