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Does Free Will Help Us to Decide Our Futures?

In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo describes a French penal system, in effect at the time of his novel, which does not help prisoners to get a “second chance” in life.

He also insinuates, however, that Jean Valjean has the free will to commit no more crimes, thereby giving himself a second chance.  

Although the now-paroled prisoner is still governed by officially imposed restrictions on where he may go, and what papers he must carry, do you think he has the free will to decide that he will commit no more crimes?  Explain your answer.

In other words ... even if the long arm of the law still controls where Jean Valjean must live, and how he must travel, does that control extend to his mind?  Why, or why not?

If we are free in our own minds, can we also control our own perception of restrictions which the long arm of the law imposes on us? Why, or why not?


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