26. Augustine on the Will

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. James Wetzel

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch26

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Wetzel, J. (2012) Augustine on the Will, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch26

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine's confessional struggle, with his own carnality;
  • reading of the Adamic struggle, with carnality in Genesis;
  • Augustine, and the moment of crisis, Book 8 of the Confessions;
  • Augustine, of one will split into alienated personae;
  • conversion reframed, and his interior knottiness;
  • Augustine's Adam and Eve, as having no need for self-control;
  • flesh to spirit, the gnosticism that he disavowed;
  • Augustine's critique of the Platonists


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Absolute Resolution

  • Conversion Reframed

  • Dramatic Choices

  • Conclusion: Desire Encore

  • Further Reading