Questions: Philosophy for Young People

Volume 14, Summer 2014

Sydney To
Pages 16-19

Freedom in Degrees

In this runner-up PLATO contest essay, Sydney To proposes that humans have free will due to human’s unique ability of self-ownership. As long as we are not inappropriately influenced, we can choose, progress, or influence ourselves appropriately. She cites our ability of self-control and self-revision as a representation of free will, which is a sufficient amount to make life meaningful.