Quotation by William James

Old-fashioned determinism was what we may call hard determinism. It did not shrink from such words as fatality, bondage of the will, necessitation, and the like. Nowadays, we have a soft determinism which abhors harsh words, and, repudiating fatality, necessity, and even predetermination, says that its real name is freedom; for freedom is only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in the Unitarian Review (1884). "The Dilemma of Determinism," Essays in Pragmatism, ed. Alburey Castell (1948).
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