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Single Idea 23237

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

Full Idea

This capacity [for freedom], once it exists, is in the servitude of a power which is higher than nature and quite free of its laws, the power of purposes, and the will.

Gist of Idea

The capacity for freedom is above the laws of nature, with its own power of purpose and will


Johann Fichte (The Vocation of Man [1800], 1)

Book Reference

Fichte,Johann G.: 'The Vocation of Man', ed/tr. Preuss,Peter [Hackett 1987], p.23

A Reaction

You would think this could only refer to God, but he in fact is referring to the power of human free will. The clearest statement I have found of the weird human exceptionalism implied by a strong commitment to free will.