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Single Idea 1853

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 4. For Free Will]

Full Idea

Because will moves itself by deliberation - a kind of investigation which doesn't prove some one way correct but examines the alternatives - will doesn't compel itself to will.

Gist of Idea

Because the will moves by examining alternatives, it doesn't compel itself to will


Thomas Aquinas (Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo [1271], Q6.reply)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.178