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Examining The Freedom Of Angels
A discussion on the definition of freedom in Anselm's "De Cause Diaboli".
# 140455 | 1,000 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (English) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper looks closely at the definition of freedom presented in Saint Anselm's "De Cause Diaboli". The paper discusses how Anselm proves that freedom is the power of free choice, and not necessarily just the action of sinning. The paper explains that according to him, the angels have the choice to sin, but their natural ability to uphold the wills combined with their superior intellect creates within them the decision not to sin.

From the Paper:

"According to Anselm, freedom is defined by the ability for the agent to preserve the righteousness of the will at any moment in time. The will is split into two separate categories: the will of happiness or benefits, and the will of justice. Anselm believes that when an agent makes the internal decision to uphold the virtue of both wills, that agent is truly free. Angels, therefore, are free because they can do this very action--and do so often. They make the conscious choice to uphold the virtue of both parts of the will. In this choice, the then cannot sin because in order to sin, one must give up upholding one of the wills; whether it is happiness or justice. So, by enacting the very definition of freedom, the angels cannot sin based on their own personal decision to uphold the value of the will. Anselm views this position not as confining, but rather liberating. In fact, he views the angels as freer than mortals, who are predisposition to sin. Because humans have the natural tendency to sin, in many cases we are failing to uphold one of the wills, and are therefore more confined in our existence than the freedom experienced by the angels. Freedom of choice is not the freedom to sin. Freedom of choice gives you the opportunity to decide to sin, but if one represents the purest image of freedom that individual would choose to uphold the virtues of both wills, rather than choosing a path of sin."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anselm. De Cause Diaboli.

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