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Freedom of the Will

By Edwards, Jonathan

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Title: Freedom of the Will  
Author: Edwards, Jonathan
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Language: English
Subject: Philosophy, Theology, Literature
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Excerpt: It may possibly be thought, that there is no great need of going about to define or describe the Will; this word being generally as well understood as any other words we can use to explain it: and so perhaps it would be, had not philosophers, metaphysicians, and polemic divines, brought the matter into obscurity by the things they have said of it. But since it is so, I think it may be of some use, and will tend to greater clearness in The following discourse, to say a few things concerning it. And therefore I observe, that the Will (without any metaphysical refining) is, That by which the mind chooses any thing. The faculty of the will, is that power, or principle of mind, by which it is capable of choosing: an act of the will is the same as an act of choosing or choice.

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Table of Contents About This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. ii Title Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 1 p. 2 Part I. Wherein Are Explained and Stated Various Terms and Things Belonging to the Subject of the Ensuing Discourse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Section I. Concerning the Nature of the Will.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Section II. Concerning the Determination of the Will.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 4 p. 9 Section III. Concerning the Meaning of the Terms, Necessity, Impossibility, Inability, &c and of Contingence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 14 Section IV. Of the Distinction of Natural and Moral Necessity, and Inability.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Section V. Concerning the Notion of Liberty, and of Moral Agency.. . . . . p. 18 p. 21 Part II. Wherein It Is Considered Whether There Is or Can Be Any Sort of Freedom of Will, as That Wherein Arminians Place the Essence of the Liberty of All Moral Agents; and Whether Any Such Thing Ever Was or Can Be Conceived of.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 21 Section I. Showing the Manifest Inconsistence of the Arminian Notion of Liberty of Will, Consisting in the Will?s Self-Determing Power. . . . . . . . p. 23 Section II. Several Supposed Ways of Evading the Foregoing Reasoning Considered.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 26 Section III. Whether Any Event Whatsoever, and Volition in Particular, Can Come to Pass Without a Cause of Its Existence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 30 Section IV. Whether Volition Can Arise Without a Cause, Through the Activity of the Nature of the Soul.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 33 Section V. Showing, That If the Things Asserted in These Evasions Should Be Supposed to Be True, They Are Altogether Impertinent, and Cannot Help the Cause of Arminian Liberty; and How, This Being the State of the Case, Arminian Writers Are Obliged to Talk Inconsistently.. . . . . . . . . p. 35 Section VI. Concerning the Will Determining in Things Which Are Perfectly Indifferent in the View of the Mind.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 40 Section VII. Concerning the Notion of Liberty of Will, Consisting in Indifference.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 45 Section VIII. Concerning the Supposed Liberty of the Will, as Opposite to All Necessity.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 47

 

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