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A Freedom beyond Conflict: The Logic of Internal Conflict and the Free Will in Maximus the Confessor

Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography. 2018. Vol. 14. No. 1. P. 63-74.
Lourié B.

SummaryMaximus’ idea of appropriation of the divine will by deified humans, in any consistent interpretation, would mean their deprivation of their own freedom – exactly in the same manner as it could be in the case of servitude to sin. Maximus’ own logic, however, was paraconsistent when applied to the case of deification (whereas not to the opposite case of the servitude to sin). A recourse to a paraconsistent deontic logic was not a uniquely Maximian tool even in the Middle Ages and could serve as an inspiring example for logicians today.