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    What does the posture of the will mean?

    https://books.google.com.tw/books?id...ill%22&f=false
    The moral worth of an act resides uniquely in the posture of the will of the agent who performs the act. Questions of consequence, of circumstance, and of the ...
    http://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/bod..._suffering.htm
    The issue in your character and mine of suffering conditions under which we live our lives depends entirely on the posture of the will. If we refuse to give up our ...
    http://www.iep.utm.edu/lasablie/
    It is the posture of the will, and not the vacillating passions accompanying the will, that determines the moral constitution of the agent. The confusion between the ...
    http://www.uffl.org/vol%206/conley6.pdf
    Since formal cooperation is distinguished by the posture of the will, those who shape the will in a positive attitude toward abortion share in the evil of the act of ...
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    Re: What does the posture of the will mean?

    Hi,

    I've never heard it before, and it actually sounds like it might be a literal translation from another language.

    It seems to be a very long winded way of saying something like "willpower". http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...tish/willpower

    A person uses their willpower to control whether they choose to do/not do, or think/not to think, something. So in this respect they are referring to "free will"; the personal choices we are able to make, good or bad, which are unconstrained by fate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will

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    Re: What does the posture of the will mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    A person uses their willpower to control whether they choose to do/not do, or think/not to think, something.
    If I want to read the quoted sentence aloud, how should I read the sign /? Can I read it as follows: A person uses their willpower to control whether they choose to do slash not do, or think slash not to think, something.
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    Re: What does the posture of the will mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    If I want to read the quoted sentence aloud, how should I read the sign /? Can I read it as follows: A person uses their willpower to control whether they choose to do slash not do, or think slash not to think, something.
    Yes, although it is really shorthand, and would probably not be used by purists.

    To write it in full takes up more space and can sometimes be boring to read. I used them, as I could tell you had a good grasp of English.

    In full it would be something like:
    A person uses their willpower to control whether they choose to do, or not to do, something. A person can also use their willpower to think, or not to think, something.

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