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35. Voluntas, MS Locke c.43, sheet after p. 47 (1702)

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Judging. Election. Resolution

Judging is a bare action of the understanding whereby a man, several objects being proposed to him takes one of them to be best for him. But this is not Election. Election then is when a man judging any thing to be <b>est for him ceases to consider examin and enquire any farther concerning that matter. for till a man comes to this he has not chosen. the matter still remains with him under deliberation <and> not determined Here then comes in the will and <ma>kes Election voluntary by stoping in the mind any farther <in>quiry and examination. This Election sometimes <pro>ceeds farther to

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Judging. Election. Resolution

Judging is a bare action of the understanding whereby a man, several objects being proposed to him takes one of them to be best for him. But this is not Election. Election then is when a man judging any thing to be <b>est for him sto ceases to consider examin and enquire any farther concerning that matter. for till a man comes to this he has not chosen. the matter still remains with him under deliberation <and> not determined Here then comes in the will and <ma>kes Election voluntary by stoping in the mind any farther <in>quiry and examination. This Election sometimes <pro>ceeds farther to


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On the relation between understanding and the will see also Locke to Van Limborch, 12 August 1701, letter 2979, Corr. vii, pp. 410-411 (the reference is to Essay, II.xxi): ‘Ubi enim nulla est cogitatio nulla esse potest Libertas, uti fusius explicui §. 8 et 9. Porro libertas non potest consistere in potentia determinandi actionem volendi contra judicium intellectûs, quia homo non habet hujusmodi potentiam. Actio enim volendi hoc aut illud semper sequitur judicium intellectus, quo homo judicat pro hic et nunc hoc esse melius.’ Transl. by De Beer: ‘For where there is no cogitation there can be no Liberty, as I have set forth at greater length in §§ 8 and 9. Further, liberty cannot consist in a power of determining an action of willing contrary to the judgement of the understanding because a man does not possess such a power. For an action of willing this or that always follows a judgement of the understanding by which a man judges this to be better for here and now.’
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