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Introduction

Risto Saarinen

in Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729614 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606818.003.0001
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The short introduction defines weakness of will (akrasia, incontinentia) as acting contrary to one’s own better judgement. In addition to Aristotle’s discussion of this phenomenon, the study covers its Platonic, Stoic, and Augustinian variants. The partially overlapping periods of the Renaissance and the Reformation are characterized; some previous studies and their views concerning these periods are mentioned.

Keywords: action theory; ethics; Renaissance; Reformation

Chapter.  2833 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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