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“Without real freedom there would be no ethical decisions to make,” Discuss.

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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"Without real freedom there would be no ethical decisions to make," Discuss.

In making ethical decisions you are exercising an ability to make

moral judgements and take moral responsibility. How does freedom tie

in with this? Does an action have to be undertaken freely for you to

be morally responsible for it? If an action is taken intentionally and

consciously then surely he who took the action is responsible for the

consequences of the action. So long as action was taken as a choice

between various other actions and was a deliberate choice then the

agent is accountable for the choice he made. If we can describe the

action as being either right or wrong or good or bad then we assume

that the agent took these factors into account when choosing to act.

This shows that he had the capacity for deliberate choice, and acted

freely towards his intentions. It was because he acted freely that he

became responsible for the act and because he chose to act in that way

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