Peter Auriol on Free Choice and Free Judgment

Vivarium 53 (1):65-89 (2015)

Tobias Hoffmann
Catholic University of America
Some medieval authors defend free choice by arguing that, even though human choices are indeed caused by the practical judgment about what is best to do here and now, one is nevertheless able to freely influence that practical judgment’s formation. This paper examines Peter Auriol’s account of free choice, which is a quite elaborate version of this approach and which brings its theoretical problems into focus. I will argue in favor of Auriol’s basic theory, but I will also propose an emendation to his theory in order to respond to some problems he leaves unresolved.
Keywords freedom   free choice  intellect  will  Peter Auriol  Thomas Aquinas  Duns Scotus  Giles of Rome  Henry of Ghent  Godfrey of Fontaines
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DOI 10.1163/15685349-12341291
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