Free Will v. Choice
So something I see a lot is the misconception that a “choice” is the same thing as having a free will. Woo boy. There’s a lot of problems here. But first, a little background.
Determinism, and any of it’s variations, believes reality has already been decided. This doesn’t necessarily mean it knows you’re going to buy that purple Kool-Aid on Sunday, but what it IS saying is that you were born a certain year, a certain sex, a certain religion, in a certain area, and none of those things were under your control - SHIT, the entirety of human history, up until now? YOU PROBABLY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. So - those LIMITATIONS (an important word) cut off the edges of what you may or may have to work with… So maybe the purple Kool-Aid has been put into the realm of possibility given your location and wealth, but not the Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose Cuvee 2004 champagne. It’s a fine distinction.
So - after saying that, just stretch out the premise a little bit. Those choices you made growing up: what school you went to, who you met and played with, the college you attended, they were all limited in a way. A philosopher might say you didn’t really have a free will choice. But you still made a normal choice.
Let me put it this way: even the hardest of the Hard Determinists think you have choices to make. They’re just not free will choices.
So then, what’s a real free will choice? Easy - a choice that you made, without any outside interference, that later in your life has a profound impact on your very real self, and despite that, you could conceivably have come to a different decision. Generally, it’s that last bit that makes it hard to qualify. It also makes real free will choices not easily done - you don’t throw them around all willy-nilly. They happen rarely, and even the idea that you get to have one of them in a lifetime is a big effin’ deal.
For further reading: Benedict Spinoza on Determinism, and Bob Kane (Not to be confused with the creator of “Batman”, also Bob Kane) on the Libertarian model of free will (Not to be confused the political ideology libertarianism).
Men believe themselves to be free simply because they are conscious of their own actions, knowing nothing of the causes by which they are determined.
Benedict Spinoza (via blackestdespondency)
Spinoza kinda started the whole free will debate - it’s raged on ever since. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever read, his little dialogue, and he’s gone by sometimes unnoticed by more modern philosophers.
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