Austin Marsden Farrer – The Freedom of the Will

A reader and fellow blogger sent this along – thought I might share. These are the lectures given by Austin Marsden Farrer, relating to, well, the Freedom of the Will.

FOREWORD
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
FOREWORD. My friends said to me, ‘How can you write a whole series of lectures on
the Freedom of the Will?’ I did not know; but in executing the task I have

CONTENTS
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
VI. FREEWILL DEFINED. i. ‘Free’ as a value-word 106. ii. Will ling and doing
109. iii. Freedom enjoyed and freedom asserted 115. iv.


Summary
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
He argues that free will exists in two capacities: freedom to act and resistance
to constraint, but how to interpret these in light of deterministic or

SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
MIND. By clarifying the Freedom of the Will we prepare the ground for theology,
since the Divine Person can only be understood through the free human person.

VI: FREEWILL DEFINED
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
Our undertaking is to handle the freedom of the will; and we have to confess that
we have written five chapters without attempting to say what we mean by it.

III: THE INSTRUMENT OF PERSONAL ACTION
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
of free-will, when we have said that it takes effect in, or concerns itself with,
the triggering-off of self-discharging mechanisms. For freedom lies, if

XII: EMPIRICAL PSYCHOLOGY
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
We may go further—the believer in freedom will probably wish to say, that mental
or emotional sickness of any kind reduces liberty, and tends to place the

I: BODY AND MIND
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL. CHAPTER 1. BODY AND MIND. i. Introductory remarks. A GIFFORD
Lecturer need not handle the substance of rational theology; he may discuss

XIV: VALUATION AND INVENTION
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
to perform them is not the freedom to fulfil human purpose. Or rather, employing
a better disguised and therefore more effective formulation, he will ask us to

XV: LIBERTY AND THEOLOGY
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
deterministic misconception. Let us stop arguing about the freedom of the
will, and ask ourselves why, after all, it matters. Let its

XI: MOTIVE AND CHOICE
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
Having laid down our distinction, we will go on to relate it to the
distinction between necessity and freedom. A transition from

IX: THE ANALOGY OF PHYSICAL NATURE
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
think about the universe as objective fact, there is no gainsaying the loneliness
of freedom in the vast ocean of uniformity. And, say what we will above the

VII: A DETERMINIST ACCOUNT OF PHENOMENAL LIBERTY
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
When he speaks of such factors he will be thinking of purposes and objects set before
the mind, or tendencies of the mind in its concern about them.

XIII: RESPONSIBILITY AND FREEDOM
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
active decision, the law of our mind. We will now pass on to consider what
hearing such a thesis has on the freedom of the will. iv.

II: THE SEAT OF CONSCIOUSNESS
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
the notes climbed up and down the scale in direct obedience to his will. When we
talk with complete freedom, we simply think aloud, or think communicatively

X: CAUSAL LAW AND MENTAL CASUISTRY
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
WE will take it as granted that physical events are no mere measurabilities or Cannot
we use it to explode the whole problem of freedom and necessity?

V: MECHANISM OVERRULED BY MENTALITY
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
actions; and the bodily roots of action being altered or affected, there will be
a corresponding alteration in the resultant conduct. The most freedom we can

VIII: CONDUCT AS UNDERSTOOD AND PREDICTED
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
2. We have taken an extreme example, but it will suffice to show that our
sense of freedom is not undermined by prediction as such.

IV: THE ACTION-PATTERN, AND ALTERNATIVE THEORIES
The Freedom of the Will
by Austin Marsden Farrer
Consciousness we saw to be a sort of spot-light, lighting up a part of the process,
and shifting at will. Perhaps we will make a remark about it later.

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2 Replies to “Austin Marsden Farrer – The Freedom of the Will”

  1. I was just reading that the Epicureans (via Lucretius) believed that free will was rooted in the fact that atoms swerve as they fall. Looks like he needs to add at least one more chapter.

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