Single Idea 2385

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 5. Against Free Will]

Full Idea

When first a man hath an appetite or will to something, to which immediately before he had no appetite or will, the cause of his will is not the will itself, but something else not in his own disposing.

Gist of Idea

If a man suddenly develops an intention of doing something, the cause is out of his control, not in his will


Thomas Hobbes (Letters to the Lord Marquis of Newcastle [1652])

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.210