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Augustine on will, freedom, and foreknowledge: De libero arbitrio, III, 1–3

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 June 2015

Department of Philosophy, King's College London Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK e-mail:


Towards the beginning of the third book of De libero arbitrio, Augustine defends the compatibility of human freedom and divine foreknowledge. His defence appears to involve the idea that the will is essentially free. I discuss and evaluate Augustine's reasons for thinking that the will is essentially free, and the way that Augustine moves from the essential freedom of the will to the compatibility of human freedom and divine foreknowledge.

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