Autonomia e autodeterminazione. Dio e l’uomo

Alpha Omega 15 (1):3-20 (2012)

The author presents a Christian theological approach to the issue of autonomy and self determination. God has the greatest autonomy and it is He who determines himself and all creatures. Furthermore, God is Trinity, a unity of three persons, totally lacking in any self-centeredness or individualism. God creates man in His image, so also in man, as a "person", we can recognize the characteristics of autonomy and self-determination, in the appropriate degree. Being in relationship with God is absolutely necessary to man, but the latter, as a person, is able to assume and freely welcome this relationship and to collaborate with God in bringing it to perfection. This perfect relationship is a gift from God, thanks to God’s emerging from Himself to meet man. Practical atheism in the western world understands the freedom of man as full autonomy from God. Christianity instead reveals the God who gives life and freedom, and therefore, autonomy, which is the characteristic of living beings. Human freedom is realized in communion with God, who gives life out of love, and only in this way it is realized in communion with others. In the divine life itself we humans participate directly in grace and still more in the gift of glory. Death, which seems a limit to human freedom, has been transformed by Jesus Christ into the time of the definitive encounter with God, and then in the transition to life in its fullness in the sight of God
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,916
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Captivity or Autonomy? Philipp Melanchthon's Theological Anthropology.Gregory B. Graybill - 2011 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (5):460 - 477.
The Human and Freedom in the Thought of Jean-Paul Sartre and Nicolai Berdyaev.Norman Roy Flowers - 1999 - Dissertation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Forbidden Ways of Life.Ben Colburn - 2008 - Philosophical Quarterly 58 (233):618-629.
The Principle of Freedom in the Law of Democratic Country.Saulius Arlauskas & Daiva Petrėnaitė - 2013 - Jurisprudencija: Mokslo darbu žurnalas 20 (2):407-428.
The Sanctity of Autonomy?Tom Meulenbergs & Paul Schotsmans - 2001 - Bijdragen 62 (3):280-303.
Freedom of Expression, Deliberation, Autonomy and Respect.Christian F. Rostbøll - 2011 - European Journal of Political Theory 10 (1):5-21.
Kant on the Theory and Practice of Autonomy.Paul Guyer - 2003 - Social Philosophy and Policy 20 (2):70-98.
La autonomía y el yo demente.Ronald Dworkin - 1997 - Análisis Filosófico 17 (2):145-156.
Freedom, Preference and Autonomy.Keith Lehrer - 1997 - The Journal of Ethics 1 (1):3-25.
Is Acting on Delusions Autonomous?Jann E. Schlimme - 2013 - Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 8:14.


Added to PP index

Total views

Recent downloads (6 months)

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes