Locke On Freedom

[New Entry by Samuel Rickless on November 16, 2015.] John Locke's views on the nature of freedom of action and freedom of will have played an influential role in the philosophy of action and in
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[New Entry by Samuel Rickless on November 16, 2015.] John Locke's views on the nature of freedom of action and freedom of will have played an influential role in the philosophy of action and in moral psychology. Locke offers distinctive accounts of action and forbearance, of will and willing, of voluntary (as opposed to involuntary) actions and forbearances, and of freedom (as opposed to necessity). These positions lead him to dismiss the traditional question of free will as absurd, but also raise new questions, such as whether we are (or can be) free in respect of willing and whether we are free to will what we will, questions to which he gives divergent...

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