In my formative years (Not that long ago actually) when I was inspired to argue with much sharper minds than I had (Have) I briefly studied Existentialism at Sheffield Hallam University under the very ‘Amusing’ glare of Professor Steven Earnshaw. I think I can guarantee that the ‘Pro’ will not remember me because I graduated in 2011.
I, on the other hand, remember him very well because we had many long and quite whimsical discussion on the subject of free will.
Steven’s argument was that no matter what the circumstances, each of us have the choice to exercise free will. He said that if a man was held down by several men, with the intention of decapitating him, he could still exercise the free will to struggle and fight or resign himself to his fate.
I argued that, under certain circumstances, free will was not an option, and actually based my final essay around why I was of that opinion, and still am.
I don’t think I was awarded a good mark for my monstrosity of an essay (Cheers Steven) but I did (begrudgingly) agree with the mark he gave me. I have just rejoined LinkedIn and came across Steven’s profile, immediately requesting a reconnection.
I await his response with bated breath.
I have no choice!! 😁