Freedom of Human Will

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The topic of freedom of human will, or the lack of such freedom, has traditionally been one of the most controversial and complicated themes in philosophies of various cultures and epochs. Indeed, if an answer could be given to this question it would have direct relevance for almost any sphere of our life, and might profoundly change many ways in which we perceive the world and ourselves.


After all, without the notion of freedom as an attainable state another crucial phenomenon that exists in any society would virtually collapse. This phenomenon pertains to the notion of control that we may have over the ways we conduct our relationships in the wide sense of this word. The importance that human beings assign to the need of being in control of themselves, of those around them, and of external circumstances that they are immersed in, reflects one of the essential qualities of human nature as such - that of the striving of man to change the world we lives in, to adapt it to human needs, and to feel secure in it. All these aspirations presuppose the presence of at least some degree of control on the part of man, and with the development of human societies the phenomenon of control in its different social, economic, and political manifestations represented by schemes of distribution of power was gaining more and more elaborated and intricate forms. ...
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