Thomas Reid on active power and free agency

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):369-389 (2011)
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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
Keywords active power  passive power  willing  agent-causation  voluntary action  determination
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-011-0145-3
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