An Early Christian View on a Free Will: Origen

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:
An Early Christian View on a Free Will: Origen

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech concerning Origen and the early Christian view on the notion of free will. It explains that while Tatian was the first person ever to use the expression “the freedom of the will”, Origen also played an important role in developing the concept of free will. Origen had a lot to say about freedom and the free will and he even had a small treatise on the subject, as part of his great and ambitious work De principiis.

Keywords: Origen; free will; Christian view; Tatian; De principiis; Michael Frede

Chapter.  7742 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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