A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty (1735)

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Printed for R. Robinson, at the Golden Lion
in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. MDCCXXXV.

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THE Introduction, shewing that men may express their Thoughts and Opinions with equal clearness upon all subjects.page 10.

The question, whether man be a free or a necessary agent, explain’d.p. 16.

I. First Argument, wherein our experience is consider’d.p. 17.

Under this head are,

First, several considerations on the argument of experience.lb.

Secondly, an account of our experience in the exercise of the Power of Perceiving, of Judging, Willing, and Doing as we will.p. 32.

And lastly, the Actions of men and inferior intelligent agents are compared.p. 49.

II. Second Argument, to prove man a necessary agent, taken from the impossibility of liberty.p. 52.

III. Third Argument, taken from the imperfection of liberty, and the perfection of necessity.p. 56.

IV. Fourth Argument, taken from the consideration of the divine Prescience.p. 71.

V. Fifth Argument, taken from the nature and use of rewards and punishments in society.p. 75.

VI. Sixth Argument, taken from the nature of morality.p. 77.

Several Objections consider’d.p. 78.

1. That if men are necessary agents, punishments are unjust,lb.
2. That if men are necessary agents, punishments are useless,p. 82.
3. That if men are necessary agents, reasoning, intreaties, admonitions, blame, and praise are useless,p. 85.
4. That if the period of man’s life be fix’d, physick, &c. is useless,p. 87.
5. How can a man act against his conscience, and how can his conscience accuse him, if he knows he acts necessarily, &c.p. 89.
6. How can such an action as the murder of Julius Cæsar in the senate be necessary, &c.p. 90.
Authorities for what has been advanc’d.p. 91.
The notion of Liberty maintained by the Author.p. 97.

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