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Platonist and Peripatetic Criticisms and Responses

Michael Frede

in A Free Will

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268487
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268487.003.0006
Platonist and Peripatetic Criticisms and Responses

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech on Platonist and Peripatetic criticism on the Stoic notion of a free will. It explains that while Platonists and Peripatetics were prepared to accept the notion of a will, they were not prepared to accept many of the assumptions which went with this notion in Stoicism. The main stumbling block was the Stoic doctrine of fate and an all-encompassing divine providence or the Stoic assumption of a universal determinism. This chapter discusses the relevant views of Epictetus, Origen, and Augustine.

Keywords: free will; Platonists; Peripatetics; divine providence; universal determinism; Epictetus; Origen; Augustine; Michael Frede

Chapter.  4249 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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