The Denial of Free Will in Hasidic Thought

According to some Hasidic thinkers, human free will is an illusion; God causes all human actions.

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The impression that one chooses the good is a false impression. In fact it is solely our presuming that we can execute an action that goes against God. It is likewise an illusion of freedom that we really perpetrate sinful acts against God.

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Yehuda I. Gellman

Professor Yehuda I. Gellman is a lecturer in philosophy at Ben-Gurion University. He is the author of Experience of God and the Rationality of Theistic Belief.