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Voluntarism is the doctrine which accords the will precedence over reason. It takes various forms, according to whether the will is regarded as spontaneity, freedom, love, act or drive, and according to the starting-point of the enquiry — theological, ontological or anthropological.

1. Theological voluntarism, which generally occurs in connection with a voluntarist theory of knowledge, dissociates the will of God from any fixed order — of being, nature or knowledge — which would be previous to the act of God’s will. Any such (apparent) …

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Klaus Riesenhuber, “Voluntarism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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