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absurd according act of choice action or influence active admit advocates of free-agency affirm agent ambiguity antecedent argument assert brought to pass called cause and effect cause of volition caused to act certainly and infallibly choose conceive confounds consciousness consequence definition deny desire determined distinct doctrine of liberty doctrine of necessity efficient cause evident exert existence external foreknowledge foreknows free agency hence idea implies inconsistent infer infinite series influence of motives Inquiry maxim meaning merely moral agents moral necessity motion of body natural necessity neces necessary connexion necessitarian object passive impression perfectly perly philosophical preceding act prescience President Day President Edwards principle prior action proceed producing cause proposition prove question reason regard scheme of moral scheme of necessity self-determining power sense sophism soul storm of passion strongest motive suppose supposition term cause thing tion truth universal proposition unless virtue virtuous voli wholly words younger Edwards
Page 97 - For the will itself is not an agent that has a will; the power of choosing itself has not a power of choosing. That which has the power of volition or choice, is the man or the soul, and not the power of volition itself.
Page 142 - To suppose the future volitions of moral agents not to be necessary events ; or, which is the same thing, events which it is not impossible but that they may not come to pass ; and yet to suppose that God certainly foreknows them, and knows all things, is to suppose God's knowledge to be inconsistent with itself.
Page 91 - ... you cannot form a notion of this faculty, conscience, without taking in judgment, direction, superintendency. This is a constituent part of the idea, that is, of the faculty itself : and to preside and govern, from the very economy and constitution of man, belongs to it. Had it strength, as it has right ; had it power, as it has manifest authority, it would absolutely govern the world.
Page 155 - Philosophical Necessity is really nothing else than the full and fixed connection between the things signified by the subject and predicate of a proposition, which affirms something to be true.
Page 3 - MAN, as the minister and interpreter of nature, does and understands as much as his observations on the order of nature, either with regard to things or the mind, permit him, and neither knows nor is capable of more.
Page 95 - ... for the most part, but not always. For the mind having in most cases, as is evident in experience, a power to suspend the execution and satisfaction of any of its desires, and so all, one after another is at liberty to consider the objects of them, examine them on all sides, and weigh them with others.
Page 131 - I cannot make freedom in man consistent with omnipotence and omniscience in God; though I am as fully persuaded of both, as of any truths I most firmly assent to. And therefore I have long since given off the consideration of that question, resolving all into this short conclusion, That if it be possible for God to make a free agent, then man is free, though I see not the way of it.
Page 91 - Thus, that principle by which we survey, and either approve or disapprove our own heart, temper, and actions, is not only to be considered as what is in its turn to have some influence ; which may be said of every passion, of the lowest appetites : but likewise as being superior ; as from its very nature manifestly claiming superiority over all others ; insomuch that you cannot...