This page features a collection of the best resources on free will. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
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If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of free will:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Free Will. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 6000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of free will:
““Free Will” is a philosophical term of art for a particular sort of capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives. Which sort is the free will sort is what all the fuss is about. (And what a fuss it has been: philosophers have debated this question for over two millennia, and just about every major philosopher has had something to say about it.) Most philosophers suppose that the concept of free will is very closely connected to the concept of moral responsibility. Acting with free will, on such views, is just to satisfy the metaphysical requirement on being responsible for one’s actions….”
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Free Will
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