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Augustine's Way into the WillThe Theological and Philosophical Significance of De libero arbitrio$
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Simon Harrison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269847.001.0001

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Dissecting de libero arbitrio

Dissecting de libero arbitrio

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(p.17) 2 Dissecting de libero arbitrio
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Augustine's Way into the Will
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Simon Harrison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269847.003.0002

This chapter discusses the evidence for the claim that On Free Choice is internally inconsistent because Augustine changed his mind in the course of writing it. These are: Augustine’s account of its composition in the Retractations; the perceived change from an optimistic, classical emphasis on the ‘facilitas’ (easiness) of doing good in book one to a pessimistic, Pauline account of the ‘difficultas’ (difficulty, impossibility) of doing good in book three; and the use of On Free Choice by Augustine and his opponents in the later Pelagian controversy.

Keywords:   Retractations, Pelagian controversy, On Free Choice

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