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Old 03-27-2011, 12:04 PM
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Default Re: Compatibilism and Religion

Originally Posted by eeeeeeeli View Post
Soft determinism, or compatibilism, is the belief that while we all have an ability to make choices in life, the choices we make will always ultimately have been determined by genetic and environmental factors that have shaped who we are. It just feels like a kind of personal freedom. As Schopenhauer famously wrote, “"Man is free to do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills". The Compatibilist calls this limited freedom 'free will'” As we learn and grow, our sphere of choice, or agency, expands or contracts, depending upon experiences. So, for instance, a self-reflective insight into one’s psychodynamic tendency to allow others to take advantage of oneself because of a history of ill-treatment by family members might enlarge one’s freedom, in the sense that in the future, this new consciousness will allow one to make choices that were before unknown. Or, in an opposite instance, a traumatic experience involving a breaking of trust between close friends might cause one to become overly skeptical of the motives of future acquaintances, and thus reduce one’s sphere of choice.
I like the above as a summary of the previous discussion.
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