Du Châtelet on Freedom, Self-Motion, and Moral Necessity

Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2):255-280 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper explores the theory of freedom that Emilie du Châtelet advances in her essay “On Freedom.” Using contemporary terminology, we can characterize this theory as a version of agent-causal compatibilism. More specifically, the theory has the following elements: (a) freedom consists in the power to act in accordance with one’s choices, (b) freedom requires the ability to suspend desires and master passions, (c) freedom requires a power of self-motion in the agent, and (d) freedom is compatible with moral necessity but not with physical necessity. While these elements may at first appear disparate, the paper shows that they fit together quite well. The resulting theory is a surprising combination of doctrines that appear to be based on Samuel Clarke’s libertarian account of free will and doctrines that are reminiscent of the compatibilist accounts of John Locke, Anthony Collins, Gottfried Leibniz, and Thomas Hobbes.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,400

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Liberdade e vontade em Locke.Marília Ferraz - 2009 - Filosofia Unisinos 10 (3):291-301.
Racionální kompatibilismus.David Peroutka - 2015 - Studia Neoaristotelica 12 (3):26-44.
The Problem of Freedom.Mary T. Clark (ed.) - 1973 - New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Freedom as Motion: Thomas Hobbes and the Images of Liberalism.Leslie D. Feldman - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:229-243.
Gottfried Leibniz [on Free Will].Julia Jorati - 2017 - In Kevin Timpe, Meghan Griffith & Neil Levy (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Free Will. New York, USA: Routledge. pp. 293–302.
Freedom as Motion: Thomas Hobbes and the Images of Liberalism.Leslie D. Feldman - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:229-243.
Metafisica e fede.Leonardo Samonà - 2016 - Annuario Filosofico 32:380-395.

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-02-03

Downloads
122 (#104,333)

6 months
11 (#82,964)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Julia Jorati
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Citations of this work

Du Châtelet on Sufficient Reason and Empirical Explanation.Aaron Wells - 2021 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 59 (4):629-655.
Du Châtelet’s Libertarianism.Aaron Wells - 2022 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 38 (3):219-241.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Nicomachean ethics.H. Aristotle & Rackham - 2014 - Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co..
Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671.Robert Pasnau - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
.Eleonore Stump (ed.) - 1993 - Cornell Univ Pr.

View all 144 references / Add more references