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Freedom and Self-Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism

Katherin A. Rogers


This book a new theory of free will, based on the thought of Anselm of Canterbury. We did not originally produce ourselves. Yet, according to Anselm, we can engage in self-creation, freely and responsibly forming our characters by choosing ‘from ourselves’ (a se) between open options. Anselm introduces a new, agent-causal libertarianism which is parsimonious in that, unlike other agent-causal theories, it does not appeal to any unique and mysterious powers to explain how the free agent chooses. After setting out Anselm's original theory, the book defends and develops it by addressing a series ... More

Keywords: classical theism, compatibilism, determinism, external non-causal necessity, intuition, necessity, science and free will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherin A. Rogers, author
University of Delaware