more from G.E.M. Anscombe

Single Idea 8353

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

Full Idea

Freedom at least involves the power of acting according to an idea.

Gist of Idea

Freedom involves acting according to an idea


G.E.M. Anscombe (Causality and Determinism [1971], 2)

Book Reference

'Causation', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Tooley,M. [OUP 1993], p.102

A Reaction

Since 'you' presumably have to sit above the idea and pass a judgement on it, then the same principle should apply to acting on a desire, which presumably 'you' could reject because it just wasn't attractive enough.