St. Augustine Free Will Analysis

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MARCOS, Ferdinand M.
St. Augustine’s reconciliation on free will, goodness and authentic life. The concept of free will, God, and evil were always been a big talk in any era of Philosophy, specifically about divinity and supreme being-God. So I decided to concentrate on St. Augustine’s implications on free will and his work on the problem of evil. We are tackling on scholasticism, so I chose St Augustine’s philosophy regarding on freewill. On the First thought, my main problem in this paper is that, how to reconcile Augustine’s free will and God’s omniscience. But later I convinced myself how if I put the concept of Goodness and authentication of life in the context of free will of Augustine rather than the
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But before answering this question, these sub-questions must be answered first. The first sub-questions is 1.) What is free will according to Saint Augustine? And the second one is 2.) What are the implications of Saint Augustine’s concept of the free will in realizing what is good? Lastly 3.) How does free will of Saint Augustine helps one in living an authentic life? I’ll be putting some perspectives of other medieval philosophers regarding on this topic in order to distinguish some similarities and differences so that we can fully grasp what is my paper is pertaining to. In this paper, we can see how Augustine’s concept of free will can make us further understand goodness and how it can be interconnected in our …show more content…
When one chooses in his will that surely makes him regret at the end doesn’t make any better to the life given to him. I am convinced that he is totally directed towards the path of inauthenticity. But God has not been that bad, not as how other thinkers would have thought against Augustine’s free will wherein God has abandoned his people the moment he gave free will. Allowing men to sin and break God’s own law, because when one tries to look very carefully, it is just part of God’s much wisdom. Man realizes the absence of good, man does what leads them to this absence of good but God provides man with a covenant to realize the good and return back to his ways. Authentic living then is when amidst these privations that we are able to think still of what is good. Man then is at his best and authentic when he takes the path towards what is beneficial to the common and maintains the characteristics of being truly human. We are rational enough to know that we can as good as any other man. I think authenticity is summarized in the famous phrase which I often see on the streets,- “be good even if others are not, be good even if others cannot, be good even if others will

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