Moiseeva Evgeniia

From Sin to Salvation. Delight, «Delectatioin» St. Augustine’s Philosophy

Moiseeva Evgeniia (2015) "From Sin to Salvation. Delight, «Delectatioin» St. Augustine’s Philosophy ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia, 2015, vol. 61, pp. 59-72 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201561.59-72


The article focuses on the notion of delight and its development in Saint Augustine’s early works. Delight, «delectatio», is an inner characteristic of human will where the latter takes its power in order to transform wishes into acts. Even though it may appear a secondary concept, delight is, in fact, a key point for the understanding of Augustine’s doctrine of salvation. The present study shows how the idea of delight appears and grows together with the concept of will. The study is based on the material from three books: De musica, De diversis quaestionibus 83 (questions 68-70) and Ad Simplicianum. We will see how and why Augustine uses the notion of delight to resolve the question of the co-existence of free will and divine grace. Book VI of De musica is taken as the starting point, because there we see for the first time how human will is connected to delight and what role will and delight play in soul’s salvation without any reference to divine grace. Questions 68–70 from De diversis quaestionibus 83 show the influence that the reading of Paul’s Epistle to Romans exerted on Augustine’s position. Ad Simplicianum outlines the new vision of the relationship between will and grace based on the idea that delight is an inner engine of the will.


St. Augustine, delight, will, sin, salvation, grace, habit, God.


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