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** Free will **

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This article is about the philosophical questions of free will. For other
uses, see Free will (disambiguation).

*Free will* is the ability of agents to make choices unconstrained by
certain factors. Factors of historical concern have included metaphysical
constraints (such as logical, nomological, or theological determinism),
physical constraints (such as chains or imprisonment), social constraints
(such as threat of punishment or censure, or structural constraints), and
mental constraints (such as compulsions or phobias, neurological disorders,
or genetic predispositions). The principle of free will has religious,
legal, ethical, and scientific implications.^[1] For example, in the
religious realm, free will implies that individual will and choices can
coexist with an omnipotent divinity. In the law, it affects considerations
of punishment and rehabilitation. In ethics, it may hold implications for
whether individuals can be held morally accountable for their actions. In
science, neuroscientific findings regarding free will may suggest different
ways of predicting human behavior.

A simplified taxonomy of philosophical positions regarding free will and

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