How can Determinism be true in light of the Free Will Theorem


How does free will relate to determinism?

The determinist approach proposes that all behavior has a cause and is thus predictable. Free will is an illusion, and our behavior is governed by internal or external forces over which we have no control.

Can you believe in free will and determinism?

In the first place, many philosophers argue that determinism does not rule out free will. So it would be possible to be both determined and free. In the second place, some philosophers argue that determinism is not the only threat to free will, so that even if determinism is false, we might still not be free.

Does determinism mean no free will?

Since our present choices and acts, under determinism, are the necessary consequences of the past and the laws of nature, then we have no control over them and, hence, no free will. This is called the consequence argument.

Can determinism be proven?

Determinism in nature has been shown, scientifically, to be false. There is no real debate about this among physicists.

Is the psychodynamic approach free will or determinism?

The psychodynamic approach is determinist as it rejects the idea of free will. A person’s behavior is determined by their unconscious motives which are shaped by their biological drives and their early experiences.

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Do you think determinism and free will are reconcilable?

According to Compatibilism, determinism and free will are reconcilable.

Are free will and determinism mutually exclusive?

Stanford philosophy professor takes the side of a beleaguered theory – that predetermination and free will are not mutually exclusive.