For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization, as we know it, depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous.
Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can freely choose between right and wrong.
In the Christian tradition, this is known as “moral liberty”—the capacity to discern and pursue the good, instead of merely being compelled by appetites and desires.
The great Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant reaffirmed this link between freedom and goodness.
If we are not free to choose, Kant argued, then it would make no sense to say we ought to choose the path of righteousness.
Free will, in humans, is known as the power or capacity to choose among alternatives or to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints.
Free will is denied by some proponents of determinism.
A few questions for you:
Do Humans have Free Will?
Is Free Will an Illusion?
Are we in control of our decisions?
What do you think?
Are you reading these words using your Free Will?
Welcome to yet another interesting evening where we’re planning to discuss grand philosophical ideas on Free Will.
This event is part of a newly-created Paris-based Cercle de Réflexion dedicated to sharing philosophical and leadership ideas that shaped and are still shaping our world!
This club-like group that meets every first Thursday of the month is for anyone interested in educational discussions and resources about philosophy where you don’t need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it.
Format: This discussion-type like event will be introduced and presented by Benjamin followed by a group discussion inviting everyone's contribution to the topic.