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Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought

Risto Saarinen


Weakness of will, the phenomenon of acting contrary to one's own better judgement, remains a prominent discussion topic in philosophy. The book covers the reflection on weakness of will between 1350 and 1650. It deals not only with a broad range of Renaissance authors (e.g. Petrarch, Donato Acciaiuoli, John Mair, Francesco Piccolomini), but also with the theologically coloured debates of the Reformation period (e.g. Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, John Calvin, Lambert Daneau). The book also discusses the impact of these authors on some prominent figures of early modernity (Shakespeare, Desc ... More

Keywords: weakness of will, Renaissance, Reformation, Aristotelianism, Augustinianism, Stoicism, ethics, theology, action theory, emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Risto Saarinen, author
University of Helsinki
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