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Author Hoffmann, Tobias, 1967- author
Title Free will and the rebel angels in medieval philosophy / Tobias Hoffmann
Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  B738.W55 H64 2021    AVAILABLE    30660020244716
Descript xiv, 292 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- Part I: Free will. Free will with and without Aristotle -- The psychological turn and the rise of intellectualism -- Voluntarism and the condemnation of intellectualism -- Intermediary theories and strict intellectualism -- Refinements and radicalizations -- Part II: Whence evil? Does evil have a cause? -- The will as the cause of evil -- Part III: Angelic sin. Intellectualist accounts of the angelic fall -- Voluntarist and intermediary accounts of the angelic fall -- Necessary (and free?) obstinacy -- Conclusion
"In this book Tobias Hoffmann studies the medieval free will debate during its liveliest period, from the 1220s to the 1320s, and clarifies its background in Aristotle, Augustine, and earlier medieval thinkers. Among the wide range of authors he examines are not only wellknown thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham, but also a number of authors who were just as important in their time and deserve to be rediscovered today. To shed further light on their theories of free will, Hoffmann also explores their competing philosophical explanations of the fall of the angels, that is, the hypothesis of an evil choice made by rational beings under optimal psychological conditions. As he shows, this test case imposed limits on tracing free choices to cognition. His book provides a comprehensive account of a debate that was central to medieval philosophy and continues to occupy philosophers today"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Free will and determinism
Good and evil
Philosophy, Medieval
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