Download Elementary Statistics by by Triola, Mario F
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If we examine a man little Elementary Statistics on external conditions, whose action was performed very recently, and the causes of whose action are beyond our ken, we get the conception of a minimum of inevitability and a maximum of freedom.
In neither case- however we may change our point of view, however plain we may make to ourselves the connection between the man and the external world, however inaccessible it may be to us, however long or short the period of time, however intelligible or incomprehensible the causes of the action may be- can we ever conceive either complete freedom or complete necessity.
(1) To whatever degree we may imagine a man to be exempt from the influence of the external world, we never Elementary Statistics a conception of freedom in space. Every human action is inevitably conditioned by what surrounds him Elementary Statistics by his own body.
I lift my arm and let it fall. My action seems to me free; but asking myself whether I could raise my arm in every direction, Elementary Statistics see that I raised it in the direction in which there was least obstruction to that action either from things around me or from the construction of my own body. I chose one out of all the possible directions because in it there were fewest obstacles.
For my action to be free it was necessary that it should Elementary Statistics no obstacles. To conceive of a man being free we must imagine him outside space, which is evidently impossible. (2) However much we approximate the time of judgment to the time of the deed, we never get a conception of freedom in time. For if I examine an action committed a second ago I must still recognize it as not being free, for it is irrevocably linked to the moment at which it was committed.
Can I lift my arm. I lift Elementary Statistics, but ask myself: Elementary Statistics I have Elementary Statistics from lifting my arm at the moment that has already passed.
To convince myself Elementary Statistics this I do not lift it the next moment. But I am not now abstaining from doing so at the first moment when I asked the question. Time has gone by which I could not detain, the arm I then lifted is no longer the same as the arm I now refrain from lifting, nor is the air in which I Elementary Statistics it the same that now surrounds me.
The moment in which the first movement was made is irrevocable, and at that moment I could make only one movement, and whatever movement I made would be the only one. That I did not lift my arm a moment later does not prove that Elementary Statistics could have abstained from lifting it then.
And since I could make only one movement at that single moment of time, Elementary Statistics could not have been any other. Elementary Statistics imagine it as free, it is necessary to imagine it in the present, on the boundary between the past and the future- that is, outside time, which is impossible.
(3) However much the difficulty of understanding the causes may be increased, we never reach a conception of complete freedom, that is, an absence of cause. Elementary Statistics inaccessible to us may be the cause of the expression of will in any action, our own or another's, the first demand of reason is the assumption of and search for a cause, for without a cause no phenomenon is conceivable.
I raise my arm to perform an action independently of any cause, but my wish to perform an action without a cause is the cause of my action. But even if- imagining a man quite exempt from all influences, Elementary Statistics only his momentary action in the present, unevoked by any cause- we were to Elementary Statistics so infinitely small a remainder of inevitability as equaled zero, we should even then not have arrived at the conception of complete freedom in man, for a being uninfluenced Elementary Statistics the external world, standing outside of time Elementary Statistics independent of cause, is no longer a man.
In the same way we can never imagine the action of a man quite devoid of freedom and entirely subject to the law of inevitability. (1) However we may increase our knowledge of the conditions of space in Elementary Statistics man is situated, that knowledge can never be complete, for the number of those conditions is as infinite as the infinity of space.
And therefore so long as not all the conditions influencing men are defined, Elementary Statistics is no complete inevitability but a certain measure of freedom remains.
(2) However we may prolong the period of time between the action Elementary Statistics are examining and the judgment upon it, that period will be finite, while time is infinite, Elementary Statistics so in this respect too there can never be absolute inevitability. (3) However accessible may be the chain of causation of any action, we shall never know the whole chain since it is endless, and so again we never reach absolute inevitability.
But besides this, even if, admitting the remaining minimum of freedom Elementary Statistics equal zero, we assumed in some given case- as for instance in that of a dying man, an unborn babe, or an idiot- complete absence of freedom, by so doing Elementary Statistics should destroy the very conception of man in the case we are examining, for as soon as there is no freedom there is also no man.
And so the conception of the action of a man subject solely to the law of inevitability without any element of freedom is just as impossible as the conception of a man's completely free action. And so to imagine the action of a man entirely subject to the law of inevitability without any freedom, we must assume the Elementary Statistics of an infinite number of space relations, an infinitely long period of time, and an infinite series Elementary Statistics causes.
To imagine a man perfectly free and not subject to the law of inevitability, we must imagine him all alone, beyond space, beyond time, and free from dependence on cause. In the first case, if inevitability were possible without freedom we should have reached a definition of inevitability by the laws of inevitability itself, that is, a mere form without content.
In the second case, if freedom were possible without inevitability we should have arrived at unconditioned freedom beyond space, time, Elementary Statistics cause, which by the fact of its being unconditioned and unlimited would be nothing, or Elementary Statistics content without form. We should in fact have reached those two fundamentals of which man's whole outlook on the universe is constructed- the incomprehensible essence of life, and the laws defining that essence.
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