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Alfons Fürst

Wege zur Freiheit

Menschliche Selbstbestimmung von Homer bis Origenes

[Paths to Freedom. Self-Agency from Homer to Origen.]

2022. XIV, 336 pages.

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Alfons Fürst traces the paths to freedom etched out in the pagan, Jewish and Christian thinking of antiquity. The early Christians drew on ancient concepts of self-agency as developed especially by the Stoics, and propagated heavily the freedom of choice. The study demonstrates how Origen of Alexandria forged the first metaphysics of freedom in which freedom is conceived of as a fundamental principle of being.
Alfons Fürst traces the paths to freedom etched out in the pagan, Jewish and Christian thinking of antiquity. The early Christians drew on ancient concepts of self-agency as developed especially by the Stoics, and propagated heavily the freedom of choice. The study demonstrates how Origen of Alexandria forged the first metaphysics of freedom in which freedom is conceived of as a fundamental principle of being.
Survey of contents
I. Menschliche Selbstbestimmung im Alten Hellas und im Alten Israel
II. Determinismus und Verantwortung: Die griechische Philosophie
III. Ethik der Freiheit: Die Freiheitsdebatte in der Römischen Kaiserzeit
IV. Freiheitspathos: Die frühchristliche Freiheitstheorie
V. Die Freiheit der Selbstbestimmung: Das Freiheitsdenken des Origenes
VI. Die Welt als freie Bewegung Gottes: Die Freiheitsmetaphysik des Origenes
Authors/Editors

Alfons Fürst Geboren 1961; 1996 Promotion (Dr. phil.); 1998 Habilitation (Dr. theol. habil.); 1998–2000 Professor für Kirchengeschichte in Bamberg; seit 2000 Professor für Alte Kirchengeschichte, Patrologie und Christliche Archäologie in Münster; 2010–11 Fellow am Department of Classics in Princeton; 2017–18 Fellow am Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW) — 135 (2023), S. 330–331 (Markus Witte)
In: die Kirche — 35 (2022), S. 15 (Christoph Markschies)
In: http://www.religion-weltanschauung-recht.de — https://religion-weltanschauung-recht.net/2022/07/01/alfons-furst-wege-zur-freiheit/ (Georg Neureither)