Not Choosing to be Born


  • Karen Morelli


Introduction:  In Harry, ch. 10, the students discuss the problem of free will in an attempt to understand the confusing circumstances surrounding Dale's departure.  In a tone of determinism, Sandy, Bill and Jane recount some of the many ways in which (apparent to them), their lives are not free.  They feel it important to note that not only do they not have any choice in attending school, practicing religion or selecting parents, they also don't have any influence regarding the fact that they were born.  Sandy is, however, willing to allow some self-determination despite these apparent obstacles.  Sany attempts to explain the way in which we are free in some ways and not really free in other ways and that some of those restrictions, commitments, and responsibilities stem directly from our ability to make our own choices.


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Morelli, K. (2014). Not Choosing to be Born. Analytic Teaching, 6(2). Retrieved from