The will is free even in the face of powerful emotions

In the last post, it was shown that an emotion cannot be willed out of existence. The reason is that an emotion is a consequence, and so it cannot be controlled directly. What can be controlled are the thoughts and values that underlie the emotion. These are within one’s power of choice. Once the thoughts […]

Free will cannot include willing an emotion to disappear

Recall in the introductory post that willing an emotion to disappear is not included in free will. Why is that, and what is the relation between emotion and free will? Do those who say that an emotion “made” them do something have an argument against free will? In this post, the first of these questions […]