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The Philosophy of Thelema, pt.3: Ethics

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Philosophy of Thelema

The proclamation «Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law» from Liber AL vel Legis (I:40) has especially profound implications in the sphere of morality. There is an immense amount of material on this topic throughout all of Crowley’s works.

Since «There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt» (Liber AL vel Legis III:60), the only «right» action is that which fulfills that Will and the only «wrong» action is that which thwarts that Will. As Liber AL vel Legis says (I:41), «The Word of Sin is Restriction.» Crowley explains that, «[This] is a general statement or definition of Sin or Error. Anything soever that binds the will, hinders it, or diverts it, is Sin» (The Law is For All). Essentially, any form of morality that works in absolutes, saying any quality is a priori «right» or «wrong» (or «evil») is anathema to Thelema. «To us…

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