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Henry Of Ghent On Freedom Of The Human Will

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This article examines Henry's account of freedom principally as found in his Summa. Henry discusses the will and its freedom in the context of the divine will. While arguing that there is will in God, he situates the question within a universe of appetitive beings ordered to their proper ends and through them to the ultimate end, God. All rational and intellectual beings have will, although the divine will does not move toward an end, which is God himself. All rational and intellectual beings have will, although the divine will does not move toward an end, but rather reposes in the supreme good, which is God himself. Finally, free choice is a species of will, and free choice belongs both to created wills and to the divine will, although God has no choice about willing himself, but only about willing things other than himself.

Keywords: Freedom; God; Henry; intellectual; Summa; will

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