Hi. I glad I came back (my mac is on the ‘vet’! I’m writing this in free time at work).
I’ve been reading the posts, and I came to the conclusion that we still haven’t agreed on what “free will” means. It seems that each one “world’s view” entails different meanings for the concept: I’d like to know what “free will” means for you guys.
After reading all the posts, I find I myself am not sure of what it means…
My definition has been changing over time, as I’ve tried to settle on something that accurately describes it, recently I’ve been posting a definition but at the risk of boring others I’ll post it here too.
When somebody blames somebody for the fact they behaved as they did, they are expressing a belief in free will.
They are expressing the belief that the person could have done otherwise in the circumstances at the time.
But this isn’t all because a good question would be, so what?
Well, somehow people believe that if you could do other than you do, at the moment you are doing what you are doing, this would give you a freedom which would make you ultimately responsible for the choice you made.
So my definition is in two parts:
1. We could do otherwise (in the circumstances at the time)
2. That 1. makes us ultimately responsible for our actions.