Single Idea 2362

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 1. Acting on Desires]

Full Idea

In deliberation, the last appetite or aversion immediately adhering to the action, or to the omission thereof, is that we call the Will.

Gist of Idea

The will is just the last appetite before action


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.06)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.127

A Reaction

I share his caution about 'the will', but his observation strikes me as inaccurate. When I drink, my 'will' is not my thirst. I take the will to be a feature of my reason. I gave my thirst permission to indulge itself. The will is practical reason?