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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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A Cogito‐Like Argument?

A Cogito‐Like Argument?

(p.131) 7 A Cogito‐Like Argument?
Augustine's Way into the Will

Simon Harrison

Oxford University Press

When Descartes published his Meditations, the similarity of his arguments to some found in Augustine was immediately pointed out to him. The most frequently cited and most similar is Augustine’s claim that ‘If I doubt, I am’ (City of God 11.26). This chapter discusses this text in detail, and suggests that the relationship with Descartes is illuminating. It identifies three cogito-like arguments in On Free Choice, all of which act as starting points, involve revealing the self-evidence of certain undeniable truths, include an analysis of what is to know something, and incorporate an idea of value.

Keywords:   Descartes, cogito, City of God

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