THE REALITY OF FREE WILL

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Abstract

Is free will real? Is there really free will? That of course depends on what “free will” is. And, on what “real” is. I begin from the free will problem as it appears in the contemporary free will debate, and set out to explore how my view on it affects various senses of reality. The picture that emerges is complex, pluralistic, multi-faceted, and paradoxical. In some sense free will is real, in another sense it is not, and both greatly matter. The sense that is unreal creates a reality of shallowness and tragedy. Finally, both ethically and pragmatically, we require illusion in order to create reality, in creating our moral and personal selves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalRoczniki Filozoficzne
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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Keywords

  • free will
  • illusion
  • Illusionism
  • moral paradoxes
  • reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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