The history of free will thought – the ancients other than Aristotle

Summary – This post presents the views of the ancients other than Aristotle. These philosophers cast doubt on, or turned away from, accepting free will. Atomists presented theories that strongly implied determinism, even if the implications of those theories were left to later thinkers. The Stoics emphasized fate and determinism. Members of both schools tried […]

The history of free will thought – the beginning – with wisdom for today

Summary: A previous post has already discussed the thoughts of the theologians regarding the topic of free will, and distinguished the defense provided here from their attempts. However, the theologians represent the middle of a history. When and where did discussions of free will first begin? What did the great philosophers think about the topic? […]