Free Will? A DocumentaryMike Walsh

“We are free to determine what we do and who we are”. The concept of free will is perhaps the most fundamental in our understanding of who we are as humans. However, this idea has been debated since ancient times and contemporary insights are downright sobering. Are we really free in our thoughts and actions? And what are the consequences if the answer to this question is not unequivocally yes?

It is perhaps the most fundamental of all philosophical questions and the impact of the answer is enormous on all fronts: do humans have free will? Are we really free? Or is our thinking and will determined by an external factor? Isn't free will a condition for organizing a society? What are the ethical, religious and legal consequences? The debate is centuries old, although there are exciting new voices to be aware of, such as contemporary insights into neuroscience. Different thinkers with different visions are discussed in this fascinating documentary that dares to think through one of the most fundamental questions.

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Is there a word that conveys a more beautiful ambition than the word philosophy? The desire of wisdom. Philosophy is the comprehensive study of the meaning of the most universal aspects of existence and of the validity of our thinking about them. Forget the cliche of abstract topics for crusty professors. These questions have a real link to our daily lives, now and in the future. Leave it to DOCVILLE to find special documentaries about philosophy that will leave you feeling inspired.

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The screening on 29.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director and by Docville Plus: Does free will exist? (in Dutch).


Directed by Mike Walsh
2022 min.
No subtitles


Focus on Philosophy


Mike Walsh


Mike Walsh, Mitch Joseph


Jeremy Levy


Matteo Belletta


Mike Laster

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