Arnauld against Philosophic Sin

John Kilcullen

in Sincerity and Truth

Published in print July 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266914
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683114 | DOI:
Arnauld against Philosophic Sin

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This chapter examines what Arnauld wrote about philosophic sin and another Jesuit heresy which he denounced (condemned by Rome at the same time) concerning the love of God. From what Arnauld maintains about the love of God it follows that all the actions of mere philosophers are theological sins, since all sins are theological and all the actions of infidels, even their best, are sins — one of the Jansenist propositions which Rome also condemned. The chapter's aim is primarily historical, to understand what was said; but it also notices some things that should or might have been said, since criticism helps understanding, and since the point of the history of thought is to stimulate thought.

Keywords: Arnauld; philosophic sin; love of God; denunciation; sins

Chapter.  21676 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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