The Bare Authority of Feeling: James Beattie in Context

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

The Bare Authority of Feeling: James Beattie in Context

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In his very popular Essay on Truth, James Beattie reiterates Kames’s claim that we have a natural belief in the freedom of will, but argues that this belief is so strong and universal, and so essential to morality and religion, that there is no reason to answer arguments which purport to show it to be false. Such an approach to the free will question is to be found also in writers such as Berkeley, Butler, Price, and Johnson.

Keywords: Beattie; Butler; Berkeley; Price; Johnson; Hume; common sense; liberty

Chapter.  11465 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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