The Bondage of Free Will: Part Three

Having considered these two radically different definitions of the term “free will” in parts one and two, we now have to decide what to do with them.  Which definition has a better right to the term?  And more importantly, which definition, if either, describe an actual state of affairs?

Before we jump into the discussion, let’s recap the definitions for you.

Definition number one: Free will is the ability of a rational being to act upon his circumstances in accordance with his own character, without direct alien interference between his character and will.

Definition number two: Free will is the self-determining character of the will whereby without regard to motives, emotions, and previous character a rational being can under any given circumstances act in either of two mutually exclusive ways.

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The Bondage of Free Will: Part Two

Not too long ago we looked at a very specific definition of the term “free will” in The Bondage of Free Will, Part One.  Today, we have another, very different, definition to consider!

As we move on to the second definition of free will, instead of starting with the definition, we will start with the general position.  Succinctly put, it is “power to the contrary.”  This is free will in the most radical sense of the term.  What it means is that the same exact person in the same exact situation is perfectly free to choose either of two options.  And not just any two options, but even two mutually exclusive options – for instance, good or evil.

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