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I. History of the Term

The development and spread of the term will go hand in hand with the history of Christian theology. Classical Greek had no single, distinct term like will denoting an independent mental faculty. The voluntative dimension was contained in the terms used for rational deliberation, decision-making, willingness, and non-rational desire. For Aristotleβουλή/boulḗ is conation (Striving) that ensues after del…

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Markschies, Christoph, Loos, Fritz, Herms, Eilert and Hühn, Lore, “Will”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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