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Single Idea 23342

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 1. Nature of Free Will]

Full Idea

He is free for whom all things happen in accordance with his choice, and whom no one can constrain.

Gist of Idea

Freedom is acting by choice, with no constraint possible


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 1.12.09)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.33

A Reaction

Presumable this means that constraint is absolutely impossible, even by Zeus, and not just contingent possibility, when no one sees me raid the fridge.

Related Idea

Idea 23338 You can fetter my leg, but not even Zeus can control my power of choice [Epictetus]