It could be said that the systems worldview (or Weltanschauung) clarifies somewhat the conditions in which free will could be discussed.
In systemic terms, free-will seems to be a quite constrained possibility, within at least the following conditions:
- Physiological limits of various kinds, with finally the enormous, but also limited capacity of the human brain to form concepts and values leading to a considerable domain of possible behaviors
- Socio-cultural limits under the guise of submission to socially accepted values and norms whose infringements are severely punished
The possibility of sudden emergence of some innovative way of understanding, leading eventually to an innovative behavior, introduces still other question marks
On the other hand, free-will corresponds to a decision taken by a (supposedly) rational agent, at a specific present moment
This is closely connected to the concept of autonomy in VENDRYES' sense, i.e. "the capacity of a system to select and decide, within limits, its own behavior".
This is done at any moment by selecting one behavior among many possible ones, that become automatically suppressed by the very act of decision.
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