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Philosophy of Freewill


By Nanook - Posted on 20 October 2010

This section uses dialog directly from the teaching version of Scout to the Pole, chapter 24. " ** " before a heading means that heading is also shown in the novel. Nanook is talking with Father Vincent. Nanook is italic type.

Scout to the Pole discusses the concept of Freewill and attempts to answer the question, “does freewill exist”. In short, the accepted definitions of freewill require that, logically, the answer is no: freewill can NOT exist. This of course leads to huge social implications. Father Vincent addresses how we might resolve this problem.

The discussion has been subdivided into the following parts:

o   What is the meaning of freewill in an absolute sense. Absolute Freewill

o   A new model for freewill. Functional Freewill

o   Description of functional freewill for individuals. Human Functional Freewill

o   Description of functional freewill for society Social Functional Freewill