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Origins of the Notion of Free Will in Ancient Thought

(Original title: Pôvod pojmu slobodnej vôle v antickom myslení)
Filozofia, 66 (2011), 9, 928-934.
Type of work: Reflections
Publication language: Slovak

The paper deals with free will as discussed in the recent book of Michael Frede A Free Will: Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought. Besides a close view on the structure of Fredes’s main ideas and arguments, the paper aims to provide a critical discussion of Frede’s view of St. Augustine’s contribution to the development of the notion of free will. This would enable us to explore and re-think the historical and philosophical conditions of the rise of the notion of free will in ancient thought.


Free will, Freedom, Will, Determinism, Platonism, Stoicism, Aristotle, Epictetus, Plotinus, Origen, St. Augustine

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