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Agostino. Volere e potere

Paolo Pagani    Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Italia    

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This contribution reconstructs – with the necessary references to the Manichaean and Pelagian positions – the relationship between will and power in the Augustine’s thought. It focuses on the Book VIII of Confessions, extending to the previous (especially De duabus animabus, De libero arbitrio III) and following (especially De natura et Gratia, De Civitate Dei V and XIV, De Gratia et libero arbitrio) texts, in which the themes of this Book are developed. According to Augustine, the human will, when it is not gathered in itself, is not performing; but even when it is performing, it is unable to carry out what it proposes. This double impotence introduces the theme of original sin and opens up a perspective on the theme of velleitas.

Published
Dec. 13, 2021
Accepted
Nov. 23, 2021
Submitted
April 26, 2021
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-584-1
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-583-4

Keywords: WillOriginal sinAugustineVelleitasPower

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