Thomas Aquinas's Theory of Free Will

Philosophy and Culture 28 (8):753-760 (2001)

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Tao Xu
Wuhan University
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Free will problem as a Western tradition of philosophy of mind in question has been widespread concern in philosophy and a high degree of attention. Medieval scholasticism and the systematic character Thomas. Aquinas is the will of Western liberal base of one of the pioneers and Yin. His contribution lies not only on the free will of the state of the Ming and the concept of free will by the detailed analysis, but also in his discussion of free will and rational introduction of the emotional desire to desire, necessity and chance, human behavior and human behavior and a series of areas. Although it was his doctrine of free will a wide range of criticism and censure, but he was through the use of these areas of research in the free will of the dominant and non-determinism determinism to reconcile, no doubt for us to solve the traditional free will to provide a way of thinking, but also for understanding the behavior of our picture of the structure provides a new paradigm
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