Augustine : An Agent Acts With Free Will Essay

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they were ignorant, but because the ignorance they hold is what caused them to sin in the first place, they did not seek the knowledge, because if they had, they would have been granted it. As Augustine grew, his theories and beliefs changed, adapted, and expanded, but he still maintained the belief that post-fall humans have free will, even after being accused of being inconsistent by Pelagius, who is claiming that Augustine is trying to argue against the Pelagians that human free will is unable not to will to sin. In response, Augustine agrees with him that post-fall humans have the ability o will not to sin and so the ability to do otherwise. (Cambridge Comparison, 2001, p. 135) This leads us to the idea that Augustine did not agree with libertarianism, which is “An agent acts with free will. Or is morally responsible for an act, only if he could have done otherwise”. He clearly accepts the idea of compatibilism, which is the condition that “An agent acts with free will, r is morally responsible for an act, only If the act is not casually determined by anything outside the agent.” Because he accepts compatibilism in his later works, his views on free will is a modified version of libertarianism. Augustine vehemently argued his beliefs on free will, never waffling on them. He wanted to maintain all of his ideas, and he did. He maintained the idea that humans have free will and are solely responsible for their own actions, and that God wills all humans to be saved. He
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