David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (1):28 - 55 (1988)
Against the Manichees, Augustine argued that sin must involve a free exercise of will. Otherwise it will not count as the agent's own act for which the agent is morally responsible. In the 390's, however, Augustine became convinced that only the first humans sinned by free exercise of will. This view faced him with the question: how is it that unambiguously good agents (humans or angels as first created) come to will the evil? Augustine found no satisfactory solution, and the first evil will appears, on his reckoning, to be either a random outcome or due to a withholding of grace. Despite his best efforts, his account of moral agency in evil remains flawed.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jesse Couenhoven (2007). Augustine's Rejection of the Free-Will Defence: An Overview of the Late Augustine's Theodicy. Religious Studies 43 (3):279-298.
Similar books and articles
J. Patout Burns (1988). Augustine on the Origin and Progress of Evil. Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (1):9 - 27.
Rowan A. Greer (1996). Augustine's Transformation of the Free Will Defence. Faith and Philosophy 13 (4):471-486.
Rik Peels (2010). The Effects of Sin Upon Human Moral Cognition. Journal of Reformed Theology 4 (1):42-69.
Kevin Carnahan (2008). Perturbations of the Soul and Pains of the Body: Augustine on Evil Suffered and Done in War. Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (2):269-294.
Scott MacDonald (2003). Petit Larceny, the Beginning of All Sin: Augustine's Theft of the Pears. Faith and Philosophy 20 (4):393-414.
Kevin Timpe (forthcoming). Free WIll. In Neil Manson & Bob Barnard (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Metaphysics. Continuum.
G. R. Evans (1982). Augustine on Evil. Cambridge University Press.
Phillip Cary (1997). Augustine, Philosopher and Saint. Teaching Co..
Matthew Alan Gaumer (2010). The Development of the Concept of Grace in Late Antique North Africa. Augustinianum 50 (1):163-187.
Simon Heans (2013). Original Sin or Original Sinfulness? A Comment. Heythrop Journal 54 (1):55-69.
Bonnie Kent (2004). Happiness and the Willing Agent. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:59-70.
Paul Shapiro (2006). Moral Agency in Other Animals. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27 (4):357-373.
Robert Currie (2008). The Antinaturalist Turn and Augustine's Nullification of Will. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (4):517-535.
Charles T. Mathewes (2001). Evil and the Augustinian Tradition. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads20 ( #98,327 of 1,679,326 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #60,347 of 1,679,326 )
How can I increase my downloads?