ST. Thomas and the Causes of Free Choice

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

ST. Thomas and the Causes of               Free Choice

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In “Free Choice and Free Judgment in Thomas Aquinas,” David Gallagher presents Thomas on free choice at considerable length, following the doctrine through Quaestiones disputatae de veritate and Summa contra gentiles (SCG) to Quaestiones disputatae de malo and the prima secundae of the Summa theologiae (ST). Choice is seen as something that follows upon knowledge, but in order for choice to be truly free, the will itself must control that knowledge, that is, must somehow determine what aspect of things the intellect as source of specification of the choice considers. This chapter argues that a close reading of Thomas reveals a different line of thinking from that suggested by a reading of Gallagher.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; choice; judgment; will; David Gallagher

Chapter.  4455 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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