An interactive post regarding the most popular question in all of philosophy.
“Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
It’s a question that has been asked since as long as Philosophy itself has existed, albeit not in such a way. Usually, we’d call this the free will versus determinism debate but, with the currently philosophical landscape upon which we find ourselves, we may want to update the terminology accordingly.
This is the last in a tripartite series of interactive posts (the first of which concerned time and the second, consciousness), and I’d like to tackle a question that is probably the most divisive question that has stumped our species since we’ve had the ability to record our thoughts.
The determinism versus free will debate has raged on, surging with popularity throughout history and taking countless forms — Laplance’s demon probably being one of the most iconic. (Sidenote, I had completed a very small survey on what we currently believe and, sure enough, we’re not exactly sure enough about it).