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An Examination of President Edwards' Inquiry into the Freedom of the Will

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,037 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.9
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 409
Added to site: 2011.11.23 31023
Genre: History

A thorough investigation of the concept of free will and the influence of it on the presidency of Edwards.

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n. The illustration, therefore, drawn from the phenomena of motion, fails to answer the purpose for which President Edwards has produced it.

The same absurdity is involved in the supposition, that one thing may cause volition to exist, and another may cause it to be directed to and fixed upon a particular object. No man can conceive of a choice as existing, which has not some particular object. It is of the very nature and essence of a choice to have some particular direction and determination. If a choice exists at all, it must be a choice of some particular thing. Hence, whatever causes a volition to exist, must cause it to have a particular direction and determination. Let any one show a choice, which is not the preference of one thing rather than another, and then we may admit that there is some reason for the distinction in question; but until then, we must be permitted to regard it as having no foundation in the nature of things. If it were necessary, this matter might be fully and unanswerably i



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