Originally Posted by Erock
In the past couple weeks I've probably made 4 or 5 posts relating to reading Maharj's works, but I think this guy really had it all figured out, and he maintains that we are not volitional beings. Reguardless of your beliefs about what you truly are (an objective person, consciousness, or pure subjectivity), do you think you are volitional or not?
I believe we have free will in the sense that most of our actions are not coerced by others; that is, we are solely responsible for our actions (usually.) However, we don't in the sense of our actions being uncaused. Our actions are caused by our previous mental state, and perhaps a degree of randomness. But where, between cause and randomness, is their room for volition? What would be deciding and by what process? Since I don't believe in a central self except as a conglomeration of physical parts, it doesn't make sense in my view that "who you really are" makes your decisions.