Free Will Philosophy Essay

It seems to each of us that we have free will. But it is worth considering: is there any potential fact about the universe that, if it were true, it would show we do not have free will? Causal determinism is the claim that it is a fact that every event is caused, determined, and necessitated by events that came before it. [Note: Do not confuse casual determinism with hard determinism.] 

Many philosophers and others have said that it seems, at least at first glance, that causal determinism is incompatible with free will, generating the so-called “problem of free will.” Attempts to solve the problem of free will often involve offering competing intuitive definitions of the concept "free will" as in, "What do we mean when we say 'free will'?"

Use Vaughn and definitely use my two downloadable PDF lecture notes. I encourage you to even follow the outline from one of those PDFs. 

Explain causal determinism and the theories of hard determinism, libertarianism, and compatibilism. What are the arguments for and against hard determinism, for and against libertarianism and for and against compatibilism? Which view has the best argument(s) in its favor? And what, according to the view you think has the best argument(s) in its favor, is the definition of free will?