Augustine on Free Will

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Augustine’s “On free choice of the will” – De Libero Arbitrio First line: “Please tell me, isn’t God the cause of evil?” Augustine on Evil/Badness (from Sun Simile) Privation – missing something good that should be there Perversion – misuse of a good thing Parasite – all evil comes from the misuse of a pre-existing good, but good can exist without evil PROBLEM OF EVIL (origin of evil) Stoicism – Apatheia (Apathy) - Disconnected, uninvolved - Determinism, Fatalism Neo-Platonism – Plotinus Epicureanism – Epicurus - Be a hedonist: “eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die” Epicurus’ Objection: The logical deductive problem of evil 1.) If God knows everything , then He knows that there is evil in the world and He also knows how to stop it. 2.) If God is all-powerful , then He must be able to abolish all evil and suffering. 3.) If God is perfectly good , then He must want to abolish all evil and suffering. 4.) BUT, Evil and suffering (still) exist in the world in great quantity.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 105 taught by Professor Heter during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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