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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden


Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy







AUTONOMY (αὐτὸς νόμος, itself a law).—Autonomy of the will is Kant's phrase for the doctrine that the human will is a law unto itself, or carries its guiding principle within itself. "Autonomy of Will is that quality of Will by which a Will (independently of an object willed) is a law to itself" (Metaphysics of Ethics, Semple, 3rd ed., p. 55; Kant's Theory of Ethics, Abbot, 3rd ed., p. 59).

Bearing on this, Kant's leading positions are these:— "Reason is given to man as the governor of his Will, by its sway to constitute it altogether good" (Semple, 5); the notion Duty comprehends under it "that of a good Will, considered, however, as affected by certain inward hindrances" (7); Duty is the necessity of an act out of reverence felt for law" (11); the formula of "ideal legality" is this—"Act from a maxim at all times fit for law universal" (13); "ethical ideas have their origin and seat altogether à priori in the Reason" (23); an intelligent being "alone has the prerogative of acting according to the representation of laws, i.e., according to principle, or has a Will" (25); "freedom of will is autonomy, i.e., that property of will by which it determines its own causality, and gives itself its own law" (58); "reason must have a causality of its own, adapted for determining the sensory according to its own principles " (74).



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