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.


Nietzsche on fate and freedom
Beşkardeşler, Sedef; Parkan, Barış; Department of Philosophy (2013)
At face value, Nietzsche’s approach to the problem of free will may seem contradictory since he rejects both free will and determinism. However, a detailed analysis of Nietzsche’s texts will show that, while he uncovers the traditional and psychological background of both the belief in free will and unfree will, he develops his unique understanding of freedom and fate. To state more precisely, Nietzsche repudiates both an understanding of free will which is claimed to be a priorily possessed and also an ide...
The relation of freedom and evil in Kant’s moral philosophy
Aydın Bayram, Selma; Turan, Şeref Halil; Department of Philosophy (2006)
The purpose of this study is to examine concepts of freedom and evil, and to clarify their relation in terms of Kant’s moral philosophy. In this study, I firstly examine Kant’s understanding of freedom and the problems that this understanding leads to. I also discuss how the concept of freedom can be reconciled with the concept of evil expressed in the form of “propensity to evil”. Additionally, I attempt to show the significance of the notion of evil for Kant’s moral theory. Evil is one of the most critici...
Free will and determinism: are they even relevant to each other?
Çağatay, Hasan; Grünberg, Teo; Department of Philosophy (2012)
Many philosophers tend to defend the view that there is a significant relation between the problem of determinism / indeterminism and the problem of free will. The belief that there exists such a significant relation is supported by our intuitions; however, in this thesis, I defend just the opposite view: free will has no significant dependence on the deterministic or indeterministic character of causal relations. In the same way, I propose that the question, whether or not determinism is true, cannot be an...
Özgür irade ve belirlenimcilik ölçeğinin Türkçeye uyarlaması ve psikometrik özellikleri.
Alper, Sinan; Sümer, Nebi (2017-07-01)
Özgür irade ve belirlenimciliğe olan inanç günlük hayattaki birçok davranışı etkilemektedir. Kültürel özelliklerden etkilenen ilgili inançların güvenilir ve geçerli şekilde ölçülmesi araştırmacılar için önem taşımaktadır. Bu araştırmanın amacı, Türkçeye henüz uyarlanmamış olan Özgür İrade ve Belirlenimcilik Ölçeği’ni (FAD-Plus; Paulhus ve Carey, 2011) Türkçeye uyarlamak ve psikometrik özelliklerini değerlendirmektir. Üniversite öğrencilerinden (N = 403) toplanan veri üzerinde yapılan faktör analizi sonucund...
Sakin Hanoğlu, Derya; Sol, Ayhan; Department of Philosophy (2021-10)
The aim of this thesis is to investigate whether morality is uniquely human, and to argue that emotions are the basis of morality in the sense that moral behavior is produced by emotions. In order to support my suggestion, I first intend to investigate the nature and function of emotions. Furthermore, I adopt an evolutionary perspective suggesting that our biology pushed us toward caring about certain things surrounding us. In accordance with this assertion, I endeavor to examine whether moral judgments and...
Citation Formats
A. Küpcü Yoldaş, “In search of free will,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.