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date: 28 January 2022

p. 554. Naturelocked

p. 554. Naturelocked

  • Thomas Pink


‘Nature’ explores Hobbesian freedom. Hobbes contradicted the prevailing medieval view by saying that will was not a uniquely human trait, and that man was simply a complex part of an all-encompassing naturalistic system. Hobbesian freedom is simply unobstructed desire, but common sense dictates that our desires can take away our freedom, such as in addiction. For Hobbes, decisions were not subject of the will and were non-voluntary, ergo there was no freedom of will. However, whilst common sense accepts that we cannot take decisions at will, it still believes that decision-making is free, as we can choose which decisions to take. Thus, freedom and voluntariness are not the same.

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