History of the Theories, Beliefs, and Doctrines on the Will
The following quotes about the will are collected from a variety of authors and sources.
In a simple sense, Wyrd refers to how past actions continually affect and condition the future, but also how the future affects the past. The concept of Wyrd highlights the interconnected nature of all actions and how they influence each other. Wyrd, though related, is not the same as predestination. Unlike predestination, Wyrd allows for [...]
William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and the philosophy of pragmatism. Notable for his Will to believe doctrine. For further information see the Wikipedia entry William James.
The following book chapter is considered to be in the public domain as it was published in the USA prior to 1923. Chapter 16 from Child Study and Child Training by William Byron Forbush, George Albert Coe, Charles Foster Kent Copyright 1915 Charles Scribner’s Sons Available for download from Google Books CHAPTER XVI – WILL [...]
Will Parfitt trained in Psychosynthesis and has more than thirty years experience of working with personal and spiritual development. He is a registered psychotherapist with the UKCP and leads training courses in England and Europe. He has a private practice in Glastonbury, where he lives, offering psychotherapy, mentoring, coaching and professional supervision. Will is author [...]
Note: This article contains numerous OCR errors and needs correcting. WILL, in philosophy. The “Problem of Freedom” provides in reality a common title under which are grouped difficulties and questions of varying and divergent interest and character. These difficulties arise quite naturally from the obligation, which metaphysicians, theologians, moral philosophers, men of science, and psychologists [...]
(Latin voluntas, Greek boúlesis, “willing” German Wille, French volonté). This article treats of will in its psychological aspect. The term will as used in Catholic philosophy, may be briefly defined as the faculty of choice; it is classified among the appetites, and is contrasted with those which belong either to the merely sensitive or to [...]
The word itself is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun θέλημα: “will”, from the verb θέλω: to will, wish, purpose. Early Christian writings use the word to refer to the will of God, the human will, and even the will of God’s opponent, the Devil. Thelema as a philosophy of life, is based [...]
Silvano Arieti (born in Pisa, Italy on June 28, 1914 and died in New York on August 7, 1981) was a psychiatrist regarded in his time as one of the world’s foremost authorities on schizophrenia. He received his M.D. from the University of Pisa but left Italy soon after because of Mussolini’s increasingly fascist racial [...]
Rollo May (April 21, 1909, Ada, Ohio – October 22, 1994, Tiburon, California) was an American existential psychologist, authoring the influential book Love and Will in 1969. Although he is often associated with humanistic psychology, he differs from other humanistic psychologists such as Virginia Satir, Abraham Maslow or Carl Rogers in showing a sharper awareness [...]