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Free will Chapter 6 is about Free will and determinism. Nagel explains Free will is making your own choice and/or choosing something because you wanted to. He expresses it as an opportunity for you to choose either “A or B”. When you pick the preferred one, you could have chosen the other if you wanted to, but your Free will choose the one you wanted. He then explains that you may have Free will, but in reality it was already determined. Which is called determinism. Determinism is when the action or choice you have made was determined by certain circumstances, saying that whatever your actions led to was inevitable doing to your upbringing or just who you are as person. He even compares that the decisions we make are as responsible as a dog or cat. Free will to me is doing what you please knowing the consequences of your action. Everyone demonstrates free will differently do to boundaries we have set upon ourselves. Everyday when I wake up, I have the free will to choose what I …show more content…
In life we all make decisions that make us happy or sad. It’s even unavoidable to sometimes regret a certain action we made. It’s whether we decide to hold it against us or just move on, that Nagel’s “If’s” come into play. Deciding between the right and wrong things in life is tough. Especially when you’re transiting from a teen to an adult(not saying adults have it any easier), but that’s what free will is supposed to be, making tough decisions. Making conclusions that we are willing to live with, even if the consequences aren’t as pleasurable as we imagined. If for instance, you do choose a cake over an apple, I don’t think you should be beat yourself up over it. Nagel goes in depth about “can” or “could have” chosen the apple, only because it was a better option. But I believe that having that free will power is the reason why you picked the one you wanted. It also has to do with the life style you created for your

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