Philosophy of Mind

Nigel Voak

in Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260393
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602146 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Philosophy of Mind

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Based on the conviction that the most important and controversial aspects of Hooker’s theology centre on the relationship between reason, will, and grace, this chapter, opening the first part of the book, examines Hooker’s philosophy of mind in order to provide a sure foundation for the book’s later chapters – a strategy to be found in book one of the Lawes itself. The text looks at the commonplace scholastic nature of Hooker’s ideas on the reason, (sensitive) appetite and the imagination, but goes into much greater depth over his views on the will. It is argued that Hooker’s philosophy of mind is fundamentally voluntarist, and that he holds a metaphysical libertarian view of the freedom of the will. Comparisons are made with earlier scholastic theologians (Aquinas, with whom he is usually here associated, and Duns Scotus), contemporary Roman Catholic theologians and contemporary Reformed theologians (in particular, Calvin), the aim being to contextualise Hooker’s views and to demonstrate his opposition to soft as well as hard determinism.

Keywords: determinism; free will; John Calvin; liberum arbitrium; philosophy of mind; reason; scholasticism; Thomas Aquinas; will

Chapter.  19211 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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