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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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The Integrity of de libero arbitrio

The Integrity of de libero arbitrio

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Augustine's Way into the Will

Simon Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out a positive case for regarding On Free Choice as a text to be read as a coherent and consistent whole. On Free Choice is a single unified piece of work. The case for reading it as such is one of elucidating something that is self-evident; it is a dialogue. The manuscript evidence and what is known of ancient literary practice suggests that the interlocutors should not be identified as ‘Augustine’ and ‘Evodius’, an identification that has obscured the significance of the role of the reader as part of the argumentative strategy of the work as a whole. It consists of three books, the argument, subject matter, and style of which are developed in a programmatic and interrelated progression. This progression is illustrated in the deployment of some technical theological terms and the overall architecture of the argument.

Keywords:   dialogue, manuscript tradition, On Free Choice

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