Saturday, 29 September 2012

Free will is a metaphysical thing

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Free will is a necessary assumption (not a matter of observation); a metaphysical thing, coming prior to experience, framing experience.

It is not possible to observe free will nor to measure it; indeed experience has no relevance to the existence, nonexistence, strength or weakness of free will.

Free will is not empirical at all.

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Free will is a necessary and inbuilt assumption in (at least!) all creatures capable of recognising the question of free will.

Christianity (and other things) are built-around this metaphysical assumption of free will.

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The point, therefore, about free will is not to understand it - free will cannot be understood more than to acknowledge that it cannot coherently be denied - but to use it well.

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