Dianoia and the Free Will Problem

An essay that does not yet exist but could exist if I am able to get through some famous works of Philosophy. (I am being challenged on an online forum to develop skills in this area by some student circles at Oxford University.)

For those people tuning in Dianoia is a “Greek term for the faculty of thought”[1] that people use to create a mathematical proofs. The Free Will Problem is in my own words an intangible philosophical concept that describes the problem of a free agency that could be tantamount to a government, person, group or even terrorist organization and it’s relation to the systems of what is generally considered to be socially responsible behavior. Some philosophers use a system called deontic logic to illustrate a list of real-life paradoxical situations that could be inconsistent (meaning that one fact may not influence another) or logically consistent (where either all the paradoxes are true or all of the paradoxes are false).

The Free Will Problem is a philosophical idea that let’s us build the framework to question whether voters are free if they have the ability to vote as they decide? It can also pertain to any free agency or free organization instead of an individual. It could be used to discuss the oppressive elements in governments that have produced civil wars. The idea should not be misconstrued to create transgressions against peace in my opinion but is important to understand its implications on society and the individual.

This Essay and the Arrow Paradox:

Zeno might say: this essay does not exist because it does not tangibly take up space that equals its size. (this of course ignores some of the key points that relate to Zeno’s 4 paradoxes involving motion but it still could be used to illustrate the point).

More to come…

[1] Quote is taken from the “Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Second Edition” p. 233


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