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Free will is circular reasoning

A is true because B is true. B is true because A is true (circular reasoning).
The idea of free will says "I caused myself to happen/act." Me causes me. My actions are caused by myself. My conscious actions are a result of myself.
If you ask why someone chose vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and they answer "it was my(A) choice(B)", they could also say "the choice(B) was mine(A) to make". Free will claims to be self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is circular reasoning. "I chose(A) because I have free will(B). I have free will(B) because I have a choice(A)."
Options(A) makes choices(B) possible. Choices(B) are made when there are options(A) given.


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  • Dec 18 2013: By that reasoning any empirical test would be circular reasoning.
    • Dec 18 2013: Yes, that would be true.
      I observed(A) it because it exists(B).
      It exists(B) because I observed(A) it.
      I believe(A) it because it is true(B).
      It is true(B) because I believe(A) it.
      I have free will(A) because I have the ability to choose(B).
      I have the ability to choose(B) because I have free will(A).
      But I also think that it's circular reasoning because we can't think beyond or outside of consciousness, observations, or outside of our free will, so we therefore cannot find anything past it to break this circle.
      So the idea is that all consciousness is circular, but it is only circular because we cannot think or observe outside of our own consciousness.

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