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FREE, SWIFT or SQUARE February 24, 2017

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If this be so, (as I imagine it is,) I leave it to be considered, whether it may not help to put an end to that long agitated, and, I think, unreasonable, because unintelligible question, viz. Whether man’s will be free or no?

For if I mistake not, it follows from what I have said, that the question itself is altogether improper; and it is as insignificant to ask whether man’s will be free, as to ask whether his sleep be swift, or his virtue square: liberty being as little applicable to the will, as swiftness of motion is to sleep, or squareness to virtue. Every one would laugh at the absurdity of such a question as either of these: because it is obvious that the modifications of motion belong not to sleep, nor the difference of figure to virtue; and when any one well considers it, I think he will as plainly perceive that liberty, which is but a power, belongs only to agents, and cannot be an attribute or modification of the will, which is also but a power.

LOCKE

AN ABSURDITY February 20, 2012

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Liberty belongs not to the will.

If this be so, (as I imagine it is,) I leave it to be considered, whether it may not help to put an end to that long agitated, and, I think, unreasonable, because unintelligible question, viz. Whether man’s will be free or no ? For if I mistake not, it follows from what I have said, that the question itself is altogether improper ; and it is as insignificant to ask whether man’s will be free, as to ask whether his sleep be swift, or his virtue square : liberty being as little applicable to the will, as swiftness of motion is to sleep, or squareness to virtue. Everyone would laugh at the absurdity of such a question as either of these : because it is obvious that the modifications of motion belong not to sleep, nor the difference of figure to virtue ; and when one well considers it, I think he will as plainly perceive that liberty, which is but a power, belongs only to agents, and cannot be an attribute or modification of the will, which is also but a power.

Locke – Human understanding -14

Voluntary opposed to involuntary, not to necessary February 18, 2012

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10.LIBERTY ….. VOLITION.

Again : suppose a man be carried, whilst fast asleep, into a room where is a person he longs to see and speak with ; and be there locked fast in, beyond his power to get out : he awakes, and is glad to find himself in so desirable company, which he stays willingly in, i.e. prefers his stay to going away. I ask, is not this stay voluntary ? I think nobody will doubt it : and yet, being locked fast in, it is evident he is not at liberty not to stay, he has not freedom to be gone.

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