Aristotle on Choice without a Will

Michael Frede

in A Free Will

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268487
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948372 | DOI:
Aristotle on Choice without a Will

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech concerning the role of Aristotle in the development of the notion of free will. It explains that Aristotle did not have a notion of free will and that his view leaves plenty of space for unconstrained human action, even in principle, to a notion of a free will. However, the Stoics can only develop a notion of a will because they have a certain notion of the mind and they developed this notion of the mind in opposition to Plato's and Aristotle's notion of the mind.

Keywords: Aristotle; free will; human action; Stoics; mind; Plato; Michael Frede

Chapter.  4106 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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