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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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(p.170) (p.171) 11 Freedom

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Anselm's theory of free choice. Free choice, understood as “the power to preserve rectitude of will for its own sake”, requires the absence of causal necessity. But what is more important to Anselm's account of free choice is the teleological element. Because “rectitude of will preserved for its own sake” is his definition of justice, free choice is simply the power to be just.

Keywords:   freedom of choice, free choice, De libertate arbitrii, De casu diabolic, De Veritate

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