Vere Chappell

in Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177602
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835553 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on self-determination. For many 17th-century thinkers, self-determination is the mark of free agency: a free agent is one who determines himself, and conversely. The doctrine of self-determinism was usually formulated in terms of the will. The positions of Locke, Bramhall, and Cudworth on self-determination are discussed.

Keywords: self-determination; will; Aquinas; Locke; Bramhall; Cudworth

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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