Chapter

Approaching the Will

Simon Harrison

in Augustine's Way into the Will

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269847
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269847.003.0004

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Approaching the Will

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This chapter sets out the argument (or ‘way in’) that is fundamental to On Free Choice. Augustine’s ‘way in’ to the will is to call the concept itself into question: ‘Do we have a will?’, and the possibility of denying that we do is explored. The way ‘will’ is called into question instantiates a concept of freedom and responsibility. Moreover, it acts as a ‘starting point’ for the rest of the enquiry. Augustine’s argument is further explored by comparing it with similar arguments in the Confessions (7.3) and On the Trinity (10.10.14).

Keywords: will; Confessions; On the Trinity

Chapter.  7513 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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