Certainly, and I'd agree with you on this level. This being a practical, everyday decision-making context. You bet. So, in this case and assuming I understood you rightly, you'd contextualize "freedom" to constitute our ability to choose, yes?
Yes. This is a good way to put it. Choose direction, but not outcome. Outcome (unintended consequences
), are the confluence of all the forces (e.g. Free Wills) that surround us. We reach a compromise.
Most of what we call knowledge, I believe is the result of consensus building. For example, how the heck to I really know what Plato thought or said. We just all agree to agree, and then someone writes a book. And, someone else contradicts and gets his/her own followers based upon consensus. All of life, I believe, is an interaction between ourselves (our own Individual Consciousness), and all that surrounds us, and then there is POOOF!, a result. Sort of like if you throw two pebbles in a pond, and the waves intersect to form new waves. We can decide where the pebble fall, but the resultant waves are the result of where the other pebbles (Free Wills) fall.
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Shouldn't we amend it to, "our ability to choose freely"? Which is to say, without our choice being under compulsion? If a mugger has a gun pointed at me, and demands my wallet, my choice to hand over my wallet, is not a free choice, is it?
We have many choices. We can run, we can hand it over, we can fight, we can call for help. What we choose to do, depends upon our own skills, our awareness, and all the factors that influence that event at that time. For example, if I am not aware of the gun, I might laugh and get killed. If there is a policeman nearby, I might try to yell - assuming I an aware of the policeman. If I have no money in my wallet, I may gladly hand it over.
I make a decision. It is influenced. However, the outcome is uncertain. Even if I hand over the wallet, I may still get shot.
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I did poorly on one of my previous essays for giving my opinion but not relating to any philosopher. I'll do some research on your philosopher and see where I get.
Good luck with your paper. I would suggest that you focus in on one key notion of the philosopher that you choose (typically philosophers are all over the place, and they even change their views over time), and research the heck out of it on the Internet using Google. I think you can build a highly tuned argument in this manner.
Hope you do very well,