King, Clarke, Collins

Edited by James A. Harris

in Of Liberty and Necessity

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268603
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603136 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 						King, Clarke, Collins

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William King articulates a strong form of libertarianism, one that sees freedom as resting in the indifference of the will. Samuel Clarke regards King’s strategy as fatal to the libertarian cause, and defends a more moderate libertarianism that allows motives as an influence upon free choice, but which distinguishes between ‘moral’ necessity and ‘physical’ necessity. Anthony Collins reiterates Hobbesian arguments against the tenability of a distinction between kinds of necessity.

Keywords: King; Clarke; Collins; Hobbes; liberty; indifference; necessity

Chapter.  10982 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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