will

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)

volitional NC II, 147
will II, 492 (God’s sovereign will)

NC II, 243 (historical formative will), 245 (sinful human formative will), 400 (psychological idea of will in the theory of subjective right)
NC III, 68

willed II, 402
willing

The will is not to be regarded as an independent and autonomous entity. “All our volitional acts are acts of the I-ness which expresses itself in them.” (NC II, 147). The historical formative will is a psychical retrocipation on the law-side of the modal meaning of cultural development (NC II, 243). The power of tradition forces one’s formative will along the paths of historical continuity (NC II, 245).

Dooyeweerd distinguishes three kinds of acts: knowing, imagining and willing (See his “32 Propositions on Anthropology“).

The will is a specific direction of human acts, which have different modal aspects and may assume different structures of individuality (NC III, 69).

All acts come from out of the supratemporal center of our selfhood. We cannot ascribe volitional acts to inorganic things, to plants or animals, because they lack a selfhood (NC III, 69).

The Gegenstand-relation is a willed act (WdW II, 402). We must become intentionally conscious of the dis-stasis:

De “Gegenstand der Erkenntnis,” onstaat eerst door een bewuste uiteenstelling van de systatische realiteit, door het verrichten van een analytische epoché aan de continuïteit van de kosmische tijdsorde, waardoor de a-logische, tegenovergestelde zin-structuren in logische discontinuïteit worden gefixeerd. (De Crisis der Humanistische Staatsleer, 1931, pp. 102-103, excerpt in Verburg 143).

[The “Gegenstand of Knowledge” first arises through a conscious dis-stasis of the systatic reality, by setting up an analytical epoché from the continuity of the cosmic order of time. Through this the a-logical meaning structures that are set over against the logical are fixed in a logical discontinuity.]

God also creates from out of His sovereign will.

Baader says that we can only will one thing (Werke 2, 507). Our only really free choice is our choice for or against God. See antithesis.

See also intentional.

Revised Sept. 7/08; Dec 24/16

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