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Augustine's Way into the WillThe Theological and Philosophical Significance of De libero arbitrio$
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Simon Harrison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269847.001.0001

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Dissecting de libero arbitrio

Dissecting de libero arbitrio

(p.17) 2 Dissecting de libero arbitrio
Augustine's Way into the Will

Simon Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the evidence for the claim that On Free Choice is internally inconsistent because Augustine changed his mind in the course of writing it. These are: Augustine’s account of its composition in the Retractations; the perceived change from an optimistic, classical emphasis on the ‘facilitas’ (easiness) of doing good in book one to a pessimistic, Pauline account of the ‘difficultas’ (difficulty, impossibility) of doing good in book three; and the use of On Free Choice by Augustine and his opponents in the later Pelagian controversy.

Keywords:   Retractations, Pelagian controversy, On Free Choice

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