Free Will

on July 17, 2006 with 0 comments » |

No.. not talking about Free Willy..the tragic story of the attempts to free the lovable dolphin (I say tragic despite the feel-good stories portrayed in the series of three movies about the dolphin because Keiko ultimately 'died in Norwegian coastal waters where he remained after millions of dollars and a decade of work failed to coax him back to the open sea') .. but am talking about free will and the freedom of man to choices.

I was looking for some reading to refresh my readings from the mid-90s on
existentialist thinking on the topic of 'free will' and I found this great summary, in response to a question at Google Answer.

The question was: We have free will, and that can be defined as freedom of choice. Lifeis Belief and choice. So where do our choices come from? (ALL OF THEM)

Instead of reproducing the great answer here... I direct you to
the thread.

More about Free Will later...
(do not ask again... there is no one called Will who is captive! :))

but in the meantime, you can peruse this exhaustive guide to Philosophy or read the entry on Free Will at the absolutely wonderful Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (though strangely this other Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy does not have entries on existentialism!)