The Concept of Freedom identifies a tradition in western understanding of freedom and calls it the Platonic-Augustinian-Lutheran-Kierkegaardian tradition. Wenyu Xie examines the two principles in this tradition, the Platonic principle and the concept of redemption. These two principles are incompatible as concepts, as they refer to different resources of good. Yet, they co-exist in human existence as Augustine experienced. This co-existence created a tension in human existence and a dynamic in conceiving freedom. Xie analyzes the interactions between these two principles and their impact on freedom language in the history of western philosophy and theology.
Wenyu Xie is Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Fuller Theological Seminary, California.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Defining Freedom: Freedom and Seeking Good: The Establishment of the Platonic Principle; Redemption: Driving to a New Understanding of Freedom Chapter 4 Defining Freedom in Terms of Nature: Augustine's Struggle: The Nature of Free Will; Freedom is an Ability to Follow Nature; Freedom and Faith in Grace Chapter 5 Luther's Concept: Freedom in Grace: A Christian Hermeneutic: On Authority in Interpretation; Freedom: In Terms of Good or in Terms of Evil?- Luther Confronted Erasmus; Faith Recognizes Grace: The Way to Be Free; A New Understanding of Conscience Chapter 6 Freedom and Human Conscience: Freedom in Descartes' Cogito; Distribution of Freedom: Locke and Rousseau; Freedom and Duty: Kant's Proposal; Freedom and Necessity: Hegel's Conception Chapter 7 Freedom: Redemption and Possibility: Human Existence in Redemption: Schleiermacher; Necessity in Kierkegaard's Existential Analysis; The Concept of Eternal Possibility; Leap into Sins; Hold Fast to Possibility Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Reference Chapter 10 Index