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 W - Will


Will: Capacity to decide or persist, especially in adversity.

There are several problems involved in the will, that are taken up in the lemmas that follow. Here it is only remarked that all one's conscious and intentional behavior (including non-actions) are willed, and that without some self-control and some independent judgement no one will survive long.

It should also be noted that very much of willing that men do in everyday situations is more or less automatic and habitual, and that the ordinary willed acts - shaving, putting one's fork in one's mouth, writing a letter, attending to a conversation - may involve quite complicated learned routines, that once learned need little else than the decision to start (or stop) them, after which habit mostly takes over.

And it is noteworthy that Schopenhauer founded his philosophy on the will and the imagination, which at least has some plausibility in that much of what humans do consists in choosing and fantasizing.


See also: Courage, Judgement, Willing, Will - Feeedom of


Gregory, James


 Original: Oct 30, 2007                                                 Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top