But then his decisions would be predetermined.
It's a paradox, really. The only way you could possibly make a (non-random) descision is if the world is determined, which means that every descision you make were already decided before you made them. Thus, the will is determined and not free.
It isn't that simple. It doesn't mean his decisions were predetermined, it means he made them himself based on his own experience. Regardless, I think it can be looked at in two ways; You do it in the predetermined way, I the free will. It's just a matter of interpretation
But the thing is that there is always a reason for your "decisions". If those reasons are determined, then so is your "free" will. If those reasons are not determined, then they have randomly occured (as opposed to occuring following a pattern), thus making your "free" will based on radom events.
Free means independent, so it can't be dependent on randomness.
(You better read all of this, Basil!)
I'll be honest, this response took me a while, I probably erased and typed this probably 20+ times XD
There is always a explanation for the decisions you make that is true however the events leading to whatever decision you make can alter your decision and yes it can be random, otherwise if it wasnt random, than it wouldnt be considered free will. Dont you think randomness also is affected by free will, I mean in order for it to be random it would have be affected by free will itself o.O? If nothing random occurs in the world, than there is no free will.
If everything happened for a reason ONLY , than there is no free will, if everything happened for NO reason than there is no free will. Therefore the end result would be, things happen for a reason AND for no reason which end up being resulted in "Free Will". Its like day and night / light and darkness, one cannot exist without the other.
I think (from the striked through paragraph I made) I was trying to say Randomness itself is a result of free will, otherwise if nothing random occurred in real life, than it would be plain, boring and predictable, therefore no free will.
Edit : Either I am right or I just confused myself XD
Edit 2 : lol @ pezus