Ernst Mach on free will and indeterminism

It may not be unimportant for the investigator of nature to consider and recognize the indetermination which the law of causality leaves over. To be sure, the only value of this for him is to keep him from transgressing its limits. On the other hand, an idle philosopher could perhaps connect his ideas on freedom of the will with this, with better luck than he has had hitherto in the case of other gaps in knowledge.

--Ernst Mach in 1911, History and Root of the Principle of Conservation of Energy, p.63.

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