A Free Will: Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought (BOK)

Michael Frede

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Where does the notion of free will come from? How and when did it develop, and what did that development involve? In Michael Frede's radically new account of the history of this idea, the notion of a free will emerged from powerful assumptions about the relation between divine providence, correctness of individual choice, and self-enslavement due to incorrect choice. Anchoring his discussion in Stoicism, Frede begins with Aristotle - who, he argues, had no notion of a free will - and ends with Augustine. Frede shows that Augustine, far from originating the idea (as is often claimed), derived most of his thinking about it from the Stoicism developed by Epictetus.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Michael Frede
University Press Group Ltd
ISBN 9780520268487
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 14,9cm x 21,6cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 371 gram Andre medvirkende A. A. Long, David Sedley
Emner og form Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500