Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Free will: the free will is, formulated in everyday language, the ability of a subject to choose among alternatives. See also Libet experiments, freedom, subject, individual, determinism, action autonomy, compatibilism.

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Diaz-Bone I 108/160
Definition Voluntarism/James: Voluntarism is the will to believe in Free Will. (This meaning of "voluntaristic" comes from the philosophy of life (Simmel). The will is here the important principle of knowledge (in contrast to reason).
Freedom/James: freedom is holding on to a concept A while avoiding the transition to any other concept B, which is equally possible.
Belief in free will: could be imposed by some authority! James: the free will is unobservable! The appearance of freedom is a feeling.


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James I
R. Diaz-Bone/K. Schubert
William James zur Einführung Hamburg 1996


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