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Introduction    Freewill is a very puzzling philosophical mystery which creates numerous profound questions. Do individuals have such a thing as free will? Do people have a choice when they are making a decision? Are the options people make entirely pre-determined by their circumstances and character and if the choices people make are pre-determined, should this hold them morally responsible? This paper will address the concept of free will from Litch’s philosophical perspective. The paper will analyze the idea of free will in Minority Report film which takes place in the year 2054 and then links the film with the Litch’s arguments about free will. The paper will then conclude by discussing whether Litch’s case has an impact on my opinion of whether the Minority Report supports Litch’s perception about free will. Plot Details of the Minority Report Film    In the year 2054, there is a crime-fighting organization by the name Pre-Crime and its leader is John Anderton. The organization is responsible for predicting the future murders using Pre-cogs which can envision the killings before their occurrence. The federal government becomes suspicious about the group and sends and sends Danny Whitmore to carry out an investigation and shut the team down if anything fishy is found out. The Pre-cogs envision the leader of the group John Anderton murdering a man he has never met whereby the man anticipated being murdered called Leo F. Crow (Karounos, 2016). Anderton decides to investigate more about F. Crow whereby after getting inside the apartment of Crow, he finds evidence which depicts Crow as the man who had kidnapped and nearly murdered his son six years ago.     Throughout his life, Anderton has a strong desire to kill the person who had kidnapped his son and now he believed he had found that person. However, it turns out after all that Anderton does not execute Crow but instead tries to arrest Crow. Finally, Crow dies mainly because he wished to die, but his death was not by Anderton. This is because Crow caused his death pulling the gun in Anderton’s hands to himself. Therefore, Anderton had apparently chosen not murdering Crow, but Crow still died in the hands of Anderton because the pre-cogs had already envisioned this. The whole idea behind the Minority Report film explores the philosophical belief of free will in human actions.Litch’s Philosophy about Free Will    Litch raises numerous questions about free will which involves the extent to which the choices made by individuals can be truly free. Litch argues that free will is just an illusion. She claims that the trajectory of a person’s life can become unalterable and predictable like the trajectory of an object which has been hurled through external forces like air resistance and gravity will affect its path since it can do nothing to alter its movement (Litch and Karofsky, 2014). Litch questions the relationship between freedom of the will and determinism whereby she argues that if determinism is correct, the choices people make might not be free. She goes on to ask the question about whether people should be held morally responsible for the decisions made in situations which are predetermined rather than out of their free will. The Free Will Questions that Litch Suggest Minority Report Appears to Argue for and the Problems She Point Out    The question regarding whether free will is an illusion as raised by Litch has been depicted in the Minority Report film. This is because the Pre-Crime organization believes that an individual cannot afford the fate of murder once he is predetermined to commit the crime. Just as Litch suggest that there are choices individuals make which they cannot alter or have no control about, the same argument is depicted in the Minority Report (Litch and Karofsky, 2014). The film begins with a prediction of a nearby murder by the Pre-cogs, and after Anderton investigate the actual location where the crime will occur, Anderton reveals that what the Pre-cogs had predicted was correct.    The question about whether the future is determined as Litch suggests is also well portrayed in the Minority Report. This is because the Pre Crime system is based on the assumption that an individual who is destined to commit a crime will do it and prevent the crime from happening cannot change the fact that the offense was going to happen. In the Minority Report, Anderton is predicted to murder a person he has never seen and even after trying to avoid it, and he finds that this is beyond his control. He discovers that the man he is envisioned to kill was the person he strongly desired to kill for kidnapping his son. And despite avoiding to kill him and trying to arrest him, the man still die the same war as predetermined by pulling the gun in Anderton’s hands towards himself (Litch and Karofsky, 2014). Therefore, just as Litch points out that with this view is that since denying a predetermined free will is hard, there should be no allowance of moral responsibility for such an action. Conclusion    Litch’s arguments about free will have an impact on my opinion of how the Minority Report supports the concept of free will. Litch suggests that the society holds individuals accountable for their actions as a result of an exercise of their free will. I see the film as an explicit defense of free will since Anderton believed that the Pre-Crime system was flawless but still wanted to proof it was fallible and even prove that he could choose a way which is opposite what the Pre-cogs envisioned (List, 2014). However, the man who was predetermined to be murdered by Anderton still dies at his hands which supported that some choices people make might not be free because he chooses not to kill the man and instead arrest him, but this did not change the fact that he was envisioned to kill that person. Therefore, Litch’s questions about free will are significantly reflected in the Minority Report film. ReferencesKarounos, M. (2016). Minority Report. Journal of Religion & Film, 6(2), 9. Litch, M. M., & Karofsky, A. (2014). Philosophy through the film. Routledge. The list, C. (2014). Free will, determinism, and the possibility of doing otherwise. Noûs, 48(1),     156-178.`

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