Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869381 | DOI:

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Grace is conceived here as love that is not completely explained by the excellence of its object. This chapter argues that authentic love, divine as well as human, necessarily has something of the character of grace. That is because what is truly loved must be loved for its own sake, and hence with a certain particularity and noncomparative appreciation. The chapter considers what sorts of reasons for love, and what grounds for ascribing universality to God's love, are compatible with this particularity.

Keywords: excellence; God's love; grace; particularity; universality

Chapter.  16398 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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