The main reason that people worry about whether we have free will is that they assume the following principle: A person can be responsible only for actions they perform freely. If this principle is true, then determinism implies that nobody is morally responsible for her actions. But is the principle true? Provide an argument for or against the principle, then explain two objections to your argument. Defend your argument against those objections.


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