De libero arbitrio (libri tres); The free choice of the will (three books) Related Work: Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, Free choice of will. Related Work: The . following treatises,—the former entitled De Gratiâ et Libero Arbitrio, and the latter De to the brethren that are with you, Augustin sends greeting in the Lord. 1. These are: Augustine’s account of its composition in the Retractations; the into the WillThe Theological and Philosophical Significance of De libero arbitrio$.

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I follow the distinction: We cannot truly conceive anything better in creation, which has escaped the Creator’s thought. A, But if we are right in judging the one man happy whose will is good, shall we not be right in judging the other man unhappy whose will is bad? But you must remember that the task we have undertaken is to understand what we believe.

Well, possibly passion is the evil in adultery.

Perl, in Aurelius Augustinus’ Werke in deutscher Sprache i: The inner sense can make this judgment, for it warns 90 ST. Yes, I understand that at once. First tell me why you think adultery is wrong.

The law does not force them to kill, but leaves it to their own discretion, and so they dr free not to kill anyone in defence of those things which they can lose against their will, and for this reason ought not to love.

I should like you to tell me by what evidence you are aware that a man has a mind which does not exercise its control. A nation is made up of men bound together by a single law, and this law, we have said, is temporal. I think you are aware that what we call knowledge is nothing else than per- ception through reason.


Unless I am mistaken, the argument has shown that we do wrong through the free choice of our will. He then attempts to show God is not to be blamed for evil in the world. Therefore it was right that God should give free will to man. I could not possibly say augustne any understanding was evil.

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In 41 5 Pelagius was accused by St, Jerome, to whom St. Argument for the existence of God 1. It is absurd to think that men who go by the name of animal tamers are like this, or even shep- herds or herdsmen or charioteers, all of whom, as we see, control tame animals and when they are untamed break them in. It presents and reports to the reason whatever it comes upon, so that what is perceived may be able to be distinguished in its proper sphere, and grasped not only by sense per- ception but also by knowledge.

Can moral evil be traced to God, so that he is indirectly the cause of evil, mediated by evil creatures? The sense of sight does not see that it sees or does not see, and, because it does not see this, it cannot judge what is lacking to it or what satisfies it.

If you know or believe God is good and it would be wrong to think otherwise He does not do evil. I think, the second of these. It is a sufficient reason why it ought to be given, that man cannot live rightly without it.


You have understood the point well. Most certainly he must be opposed to it.

Surely we do not perceive the hard and the soft when we see? To do wrong is to neglect eternal things and seek temporal things 1.

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He tells us that Evodius had been in special mili- tary service, and had been converted and baptised. So, in order to start from what is clearest, I ask you first: I cannot say I am convinced about this. Whatever difficulties may threaten us, they are cleared away and all becomes smooth with Qrbitrio help.

McKeon, in Selections from Medieval Philosophers i: Whatever we know we grasp with our reason.

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When a soldier kills the enemy, when a judge or an executioner kills the criminal, or when a weapon flies from a man’s hand inadvertently and by accident, I do not think they sin by killing a man. Then do you think that those who tame beasts can be such only if they ljbero wise? Burleigh, in The Library of Christian Classics 6: Now, one man makes good use and another bad use of the same things.