Free Will As a Political Problem

Freedom of the will is not an on/off switch, something you either have or not. Instead, real-world freedom of the will is an ongoing achievement that comes in degrees, and not to everyone to the same degree. Moreover, our wills can be more free in some circumstances than in others. Because our cultures and systems of government affect people’s inclination and ability to make up their own minds, the most intriguing versions of the free will problem today are personal, social, and political, not metaphysical.

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Jason Brennan
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Published in: from Brief History of Liberty
2011

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