chapter  2
Determinism and free will
Pages 12

WHAT IS MEANT BY FREE WILL? It was noted in Chapter 1 that one of the presuppositions of psychological science is determinism (the view that all events, including human actions, are caused) and that this appears to conflict with the notion of free will. How can responsibility for actions be maintained if they are determined by genetic constitution and environmental experience? As psychology progresses, knowledge of factors which determine behaviour increases.