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The topic of this paper is to discuss what freedom is and if we as humans possess it Freedom is defined by Websters Dictionary as the exemption from power or control of another or exemption from necessity in choice and action known generally as free will However this does not cover the full implications of pure and absolute freedom Absolute freedom is one such that a person not only understands that there are no restrictions on his actions but also that his actions are guided by his own personal choice Along with this freedom however is the direct responsibility of the persons actions Many philosophers have written about freedom including Plato Aristotle and Jean-Paul Sartre They each have different ideas on freedom and of the three Sartre has the most critical view of the accepted definition of freedom Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics in the fourth and fifth books presents the basis of our actions as somewhat of a contradiction He states that there is an unconditional and real good that every person should seek but individually each person wishes for what they see as good Aristotle claims that only the excellent person is capable of deciphering what is the true good and the base person while still acting on the behalf of apparent good will not necessarily choose the real good Aristotle 278 Here is the mistake that he makes He continues to say that our actions express decisions and will be voluntary At no point does he successfully argue that our decisions are voluntary but instead approaches a conclusion that our actions are based on our natural and fundamental desire to do good In this way freedom is very limited to always acting on the behalf of the apparent good even if it is not a true good It follows then that we are not free to choose the absolute good since we do choose the apparent good and know no other good to choose
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