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The Works of President Edwards, Vol. 2 of 4: A Reprint of the Worcester Edition; With Valuable Additions and a Copious General Index, to Which, for the First Time, Has Been Added, at Great Expense, a Complete Index of Scripture Texts (Classic Reprint) by Jonathan Edwards (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from The Works of President Edwards, Vol. 2 of 4: A Reprint of the Worcester Edition; With Valuable Additions and a Copious General Index, to Which, for the First Time, Has Been Added, at Great Expense, a Complete Index of Scripture Texts Concerning the Nature of the Will. It may possibly be thought, that there is great need of going about to define or describe the Will; this word being generally as well understood as any other words we can use to explain it: and so perhaps it would be, had t philosophers, metaphysicians and polemic divines brought the matter into obscurity by the things they have said of it. But since it is so, I think it may be of some use, and will tend to the greater clearness in the following discourse, to say a few things concerning it. And therefore I observe, that the Will (without any metaphysical refining) is plainly, that by which the mind chooses any thing. The faculty of the Will is that faculty or power or principle of mind by which it is capable of choosing an act of the Will is the same as an act of choosing or choice. If any think it is a more perfect definition of the Will, to say, that it is that by which the soul either chooses or refuses; I am content with it: though I think that it is eugh to say, it is that by which the soul chooses: for in every act of Will whatsoever, the mind chooses one thing rather than ather; it chooses something rather than the contrary, or rather than the want or n-existence of that thing. So in every act of refusal, the mind chooses the absence of the thing refused; the positive and the negative are set before the mind for its choice, and it chooses the negative; and the minds making its choice in that case is properly the act of the Will; the Wills determining between the two is a voluntary determining; but that is the same thing as making a choice. So that whatever names we call the act of the Will by, choosing, refusing, approving, disapproving, liking, disliking, embracing, rejecting, determining, directing, commanding, forbidding, inclining or being averse, a being pleased or displeased with; all may be reduced to this of choosing. For the soul to act voluntarily, is evermore to act electively. Mr. Locke says, the Will signifies thing but a power or ability to prefer or choose. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.