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Suppose that every event or action has a sufficient cause which brings that event about Today in our scientific age this sounds like a reasonable assumption After all can you imagine someone seriously claiming that when it rains or when a plane crashes or when a business succeeds there might be no cause for it Surely human behavior is caused It doesnt just happen for any reason at all The types of human behavior for which people are held morally accountable are usually said to be caused by the people who engaged in that behavior People typically cause their own behavior by making choices therefore this type of behavior might be thought to be caused by our own choice-makings This freedom to make our own choices is free willDeterminism a philosophical doctrine that opposes free will is the theory stating that all events physical and mental including moral choices are completely determined by previously existing causes that preclude free will This theory denies the element of chance or possibility as well as the reality of human freedom holding that the will is not free but is determined by biological environmental social or mystical imperatives Since every event in our lives is determined by outside causes then we are just some sort of robots Freedom on the other hand is rooted behind the idea that we do have control over the choices we make thus having free will a requirement for being morally accountable for an action But if determinism is true and we have no control over the choices we make then we do not have free-will and therefore nobody can ever legitimately be held morally accountable for anything Our common practice of thinking of others and ourselves as accountable is simply not justifiedThere are those who think that our behavior is a result of free choice but there are others who presume we are servants of cosmic destiny or that behavior is nothing but
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