Socrates: Nathan, is there room for acceptance that human choices or situations may be events? Nathan: That would be to say that they are mere objects in time or instantiations of properties in objects. Socrates: Possibly, but wouldnt that mean they would hold an explanatory cause? Nathan: If what youre asking determines whether or not there is an explanation for why something happened that led to a specific effect, then yes. Socrates: Would you agree that every choice or event would have an explanatory cause? Nathan: Yes, I would like to believe that sometimes some choices or events are random leading to free will. Socrates: Are these human choices or events we speak of the same or are they different? Nathan: I would believe them to be different.
Choices are instances of free will through periodic randomness as where events are often reflections of these spoken choices. Hence, they are different. Often choices may lead to an event, but events often lead to choices. Socrates: So you would entertain the idea that explanatory cause is not to be free? Nathan: No, to be free is having the ability to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint. Therefore to be free is merely an individual idea.
Socrates: Are these two worlds of free will and determinism able to coexist within the same realm? Nathan: Yes, I believe it is possible that a persons free will may lead them to a point of determinism. This being they make a choice and then in turn that choice leads them to a predetermined point in life. It was just their choice in when or how they arrived there. Socrates: Can there be external determinism and internal free will? Nathan: It is possible that we may have a predetermination, however I believe that at the same time, we are capable of making our own decisions and making our own free choices.
Even if these choices may lead to a determined place it is still our own decision on how we may arrive there. Summary I would like to state that I believe it is possible for determinism to exist in a world that is decided by free will even if our life is predetermined. However, just because our life has a determined end it does not conclude that the contents of our lives were without free will. Our choices all have an explanatory cause, even if we would like to think that some choices are made at random. This is, however, just another example that we control our own free will.