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Conclusions and Epilogue

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/9780199606818.003.0006
Conclusions and Epilogue

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The authors treated in the study are now discussed together in terms of the systematic inventory created at the end of the first chapter. While the Platonic, Aristotelian, and Stoic-Augustinian models of akrasia are all supported by various authors, many thinkers also display combinations of different models in their work. An important red thread going through the whole study is the growing prominence of the idea of inner struggle and wrestling. The vocabulary for describing the nature of this struggle varies considerably, but the moral world of the early modern individual is increasingly depicted in terms of inner wrestling. The chapter closes with two short epilogues in which the broader impact of this phenomenon is shown. First, the inner struggles portrayed in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida are analysed. Second, the discussion of weakness of will in the works of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz is connected with the results of this study.

Keywords: Platonism; Aristotelianism; Stoicism; early modern philosophy; Shakespeare

Chapter.  9641 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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