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The Will and Human Action

From Antiquity to the Present Day

The Will and Human Action by Thomas Pink
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What is the will? And what is its relation to human action?
Throughout history, philosophers have been fascinated by the idea of 'the will': the source of the drive that motivates human beings to act. However, there has never been a clear consensus as to what the will is and how it relates to human action. Some philosophers have taken the will to be based firmly in reason and rational choice, and some have seen it as purely self-determined. Others have replaced the idea of the human will with a more general drive uniting humans and the rest of nature, living and non-living.
This collection of nine specially commissioned papers trace the formulation and treatment of the problem of the will from ancient philosophy through the scholastic theologians of the Middle Ages, to modern philosophy, and right up to contemporary theories. Philosophers discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Hobbes, Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
Taylor and Francis; May 2004
228 pages; ISBN 9781134345281
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Title: The Will and Human Action
Author: Thomas Pink; M.W.F. Stone
 
ISBNs
0203500245
9780203500248
9780415324670
9781134345274
9781134345281