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The Fact of Freedom: Reinhold’s Theory of Free Will Reconsidered

From the book The Concept of Will in Classical German Philosophy

  • John Walsh


K.L. Reinhold advocates a theory of free will as the capacity to choose for or against the moral law. Reinhold’s theory has often been accused of being psychologistic due to its alleged appeal to empirical facts of consciousness. This paper argues that instead of merely positing free will as a fact of consciousness, Reinhold provides an argument for free will as a necessary condition for moral responsibility. This sheds new light on the development of the concept of will in the wake of Kant’s practical philosophy.

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