What is the Will?

  • D. F. Pears


David Pears. The phrase ‘the freedom of the will’ occurs in many philosophical discussions. But if we examine what goes on in these discussions, we find philosophers talking about predictability, about motives, about the various ways there are of explaining human behaviour, about freedom and its meanings ; and we do not find them talking very much about the will itself. They do not ask what it is to which we are or are not to ascribe freedom. Is this a remarkable oversight, or is there some other explanation?


Special Kind Weak Sense Ordinary Case Infinite Regress Reasonable Chance 
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© D. F. Pears 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Pears
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  1. 1.Christ ChurchOxfordUK

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