In search of free will

Küpcü Yoldaş, Aybüke
Free will is a paramount concept that is central to our everyday lives, society and moral judgements. In this thesis, I search for the conditions under which free will can exist. This is done in relation to two topics: determinism and agency. Finally, I also explore the relation between free will and several social and philosophical concepts, and discuss briefly what would be the case if there were no free will.


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Citation Formats
A. Küpcü Yoldaş, “In search of free will,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.