more from Thomas Aquinas

Single Idea 1855

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 3. Constraints on the will]

Full Idea

Something apprehended to be good and appropriate in any and every circumstance that could be thought of would compel us to will it.

Gist of Idea

If we saw something as totally and utterly good, we would be compelled to will it


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

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.179