An Essay On Moral Freedom; To Which Is Attached, A Review Of The Principles Of Dr. Whitby And…

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byThomas Tully Crybbace

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829. Excerpt: ... ed to desire. But the direct object of his desire is not the motion of his arm; it is simply relief from pain: and the direct object of his continued will is not the continuance of pain; it is simply the extension of his arm. He knows indeed that relief from pain will be immediately procured by drawing back his arm; but he knows also that a severer punishment will follow that motion; and, therefore, preferring the less pain to the greater, he directly desires or wills the continued extension of his arm, as what alone can preserve him from greater suffering. If the direct object of his desire were not relief from pain, but the actual muscular motion which would bring down his weary arm, there can be no doubt that the motion of his arm would immediately ensue. "' With regard to our actions,' says Dr. Reid, 'we may desire what we do not will, and will what we do not desire, nay, what we have a great aversion to. A man athirst has a strong desire to drink, but for some particular reason, he determines not to gratify his desire. A judge, from a regard to justice and the duty of his office, dooms a criminal to die, while from his humanity or particular affection, he desires the criminal to live. A man for health may take a nauseous draught, for which he has no desire but a great aversion. Desire, therefore, even when its object is some action of our own, is only an.incitement to will, but it is not volition. The determination of the mind may be not to do what we desire to do.' "In all these instances adduced by Dr. Reid, his mistake consists in neglecting or forgetting that part of the process, in which there is a real opposition of desires, and supposing an opposition in another part of the process in which there is really none; for in no one of the instances,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829. Excerpt: ... ed to desire. But the direct object of his desire is not the motion of his arm; it is simply relief from pain: and the direct ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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