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The contrast is used by Locke and then Hume in their discussions of free will. Liberty of spontaneity is the freedom to do something if we so choose, and is contrasted with forcible restraint or inability. It is to be distinguished from the liberty of indifference, a doubtful concept implying the absence of causation or necessity, hopefully coupled with responsibility. See libertarianism (metaphysical).

Subjects: Philosophy.

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