As modern science confirms the hunches of those who denied the existence of free will, the latter might help us reconsider the debate altogether.

Detail of Michelangelo’s “The Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden”

All of us experience freedom. When you choose a drink from the menu, you experience this choice as an act of free will. And when you consent to, say, being filmed for a documentary, you do it out of freedom to choose whether or not you want to be in that documentary. Such basic categories as “choice” or “consent”, but also “responsibility” or “guilt” presuppose at least some amount of freedom to act. But what if you’re told that freedom is but an illusion?

A recent article published in The Guardian puts the problem just that way and astutely explores…

Daniel Pacheco

PhD Philosophy Candidate, Nova University of Lisbon

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