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Single Idea 1847

[catalogued under 20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / a. Will to Act]

Full Idea

The will is compelled by its ultimate goal (to achieve happiness), but not by the means to achieve it.

Gist of Idea

The will must aim at happiness, but can choose the means


Thomas Aquinas (Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo [1271], Q6.07)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.173