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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 369-389
Thomas Reid on Active Power and Free Agency
XU Xiangdong()
Department of Philosophy, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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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     
Corresponding Author(s): XU Xiangdong,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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XU Xiangdong. Thomas Reid on Active Power and Free Agency[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2011, 6(3): 369-389.
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