From The Institute of Art and Ideas YouTube channel
An interview with the acclaimed philosopher Galen Strawson on free will and moral responsibility.
A topic that's been discussed on numerous occasions has been the topic of countless debates is whether we have free will or if free will is just an illusion.
I'm of the opinion that we have free will within constraints agreed by society, our community, or government. Which in effect means we don't have free will, only the illusion of it and we are all happy with that illusion.
For example, I don't have the free will to walk into Buckingham Palace whenever I want, or into my neighbour's house without her permission. And we are all happy with that.
Some might argue I have free will to do those things, but there are consequences. Regardless the consequences are prison, which forcibly takes away my free will.
Those are extreme examples, but I would argue that every aspect of our lives are controlled, from how much electricity we can use at home due to financial constraints, to how much money we can make, which school our kids can attend, how fast I can drive and how long I can stay in a shop. However, as a society, we are fine with those constraints, and in order to ensure civility and morality are upheld we build an illusion of free will.