Thomas Reid on Active Power and Free Agency

Thomas Reid on Active Power and Free Agency The paper argues that it is a mistake to interpret Thomas Reid as holding a libertarian notion of freedom, and to make use of Reid to argue in support of a libertarian position. More precisely, this paper shows that Reid’s theory of agent-causation may not be what these philosophers take it to be, once such crucial notions as agent-causation and active power in Reid’s theory of free agency have been fully explicated. Reid is more committed to accepting the view of freedom as rational self-control over the determination of the will than a contracausal view of freedom. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers of Philosophy in China Brill

Thomas Reid on Active Power and Free Agency

Frontiers of Philosophy in China, Volume 6 (3): 369 – Jan 1, 2011

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Brill
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Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1673-3436
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1673-355X
DOI
10.1007/s11466-011-0145-3
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Abstract

The paper argues that it is a mistake to interpret Thomas Reid as holding a libertarian notion of freedom, and to make use of Reid to argue in support of a libertarian position. More precisely, this paper shows that Reid’s theory of agent-causation may not be what these philosophers take it to be, once such crucial notions as agent-causation and active power in Reid’s theory of free agency have been fully explicated. Reid is more committed to accepting the view of freedom as rational self-control over the determination of the will than a contracausal view of freedom.

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Frontiers of Philosophy in ChinaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: active power; passive power; willing; agent-causation; voluntary action; determination

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