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University of Central Florida

East Asian Languages and Societies

2019

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The Study Of Free Will In The East And The West, Nicholas J. Colecio Jan 2019

The Study Of Free Will In The East And The West, Nicholas J. Colecio

Honors Undergraduate Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to understand the origins of the enduring differences between the Eastern and Western interpretations of free will and determinism. In my piece, I work to determine the roots of these differences and to what degree these differences have been challenged and disrupted in the 20th century. In this pursuit, I analyze the different philosophies of free will in the East and West and then apply these philosophies to the literature of both regions. For the eastern scholarship, I am using Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea and ...