Henryk Majchrzak

Il problema della libertà in S. Anselmo d’Aosta
[The Problem of Freedom in St. Anselm of Aosta]

08 - 2003, pages 269–280
Date of online publication: 15 June 2015
Date of publication: 01 November 2003


In this article, the author presents St. Anselm’s considerations on freedom and free will. Anselm discusses the following two types of freedom: uncreated (which only exists in God), and created (which exists in men and angels). Created freedom can exhibit ​​righteousness in two ways: that which can be lost (the angels before their fall and humans before death) and that which cannot be (chosen angels and saved people). In two cases, created freedom does not exhibit righteousness: when it purports to recover (people in this life) and when it is unrecoverable (rejected angels and men). Anselm believes that one can only say (albeit in different ways) about God, angels and man that they are free, when one can give a common definition of freedom – one which relates to God, angels and men.


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Majchrzak, Henryk. “Il problema della libertà in S. Anselmo d’Aosta.” Forum Philosophicum 8 (2004): 269–280. doi:10.5840/forphil2003829.