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The Will as a Power of Self‐Determination

Desmond M. Clarke

in Descartes's Theory of Mind

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261239
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199261237.003.0006
 The Will as a Power of Self‐Determination

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Since all events are caused, an action is said to be free if it is caused by a determining factor that is internal to the agent. Thus, freedom is not the same as indifference; human agents are more free when their choices are determined more clearly by the relevant evidence. Cartesian compatibilism relies on innate mind–body connections, on the ability to establish new mind–body connections by conditioning, and on the limited power of human agents to control some of their thoughts.

Keywords: compatibilism; conditioning; Divine freedom; indifference; Self‐determination

Chapter.  12022 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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