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A Review of Edwards's

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Published: 1839
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,960 / 194 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.7
LoC Category: BF
Downloads: 675
Added to site: 2011.12.30 31143
Genre: Philosophy

A thorough investigation into the possibilites of a free will and the consequences of Edward's system.

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ngs present and absent. Desire respects something absent. But yet I cannot think they are so entirely distinct that they can ever be properly said to run counter. A man never, in any instance, wills anything contrary to his desires, or desires anything contrary to his will. The thing which he wills, the very same he desires; and he does not will a thing and desire the contrary in any particular." (p. 17.) The immediate object of will,--that object, in respect of which choice manifests itself by producing effects,--is also the object of desire; that is, of supreme desire, at that moment: so that, the object chosen is the object which appears most desirable; and the object which appears most desirable is always the object chosen. To produce an act of choice, therefore, we have only to awaken a preponderating desire. Now it is plain, that desire cannot be distinguished from passion. That which we love, we desire to be present, to possess, to enjoy: that which we hate, we desire to be absent, or



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