Philosophy of Action: Defective Action and Belief-Formation

Nigel Voak

in Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260393
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602146 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Philosophy of Action: Defective Action and Belief-Formation

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Examines Hooker’s philosophy of action, and in particular his views on defective action and belief-formation, in order to understand how the mental faculties, examined in the previous chapter, interact together. It is argued that Hooker stresses the inherently voluntary nature of all sin, and humanity’s potential through diligence to know and choose the good. Attention is given to Hooker’s theory of certainty, which considers just how certain the reason must be in any given case in order to fulfil its responsibilities, and this also forms a fundamental basis for the discussion of religious authority to be found in ch. 4.

Keywords: akrasia; certainty; philosophy of action; reason; sin; will

Chapter.  10178 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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