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Will, Free
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1. In general, ‘will’ (in Lat., voluntas; in Ger., Wille; in Fr., volonté) denotes the motivation of an acting subject in the direction of a particular goal. The subject of a will is not necessarily an individual human being, but, in the transferred sense, can also be a collectivity (‘general will,’ Fr. volonté générale), or a power conceived as transcendent, and as influencing the human being and the world (will of God). Insofar as the will is qualified as free…

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Mohn, Jürgen, “Will, Free”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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