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1. Terminology. There is no generally accepted definition of what precisely the “will” means. The various definitions put forward in the course of history diverge from each other in many respects. An analysis of the present-day understanding of the term shows that it can have many different meanings according to the context in which it is used. The main usages are as follows.

a) Will as volition, the act of willing (the scholastic actus voluntatis qua appetitus rationalis, intellectivus). Examples of the use of the word in this sense are texts which speak of the will as t…

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Peter Rohner, “Will”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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