What Does a habitus of the Soul Do?

The Case of the habitus of Faith in Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus

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Abstract

While a habitus can be described as a disposition towards a certain type of act, such a definition is not sufficient to encompass the diversity of uses the medieval thinkers made of this concept. It is the aim of this paper to examine the habitus of faith in the voluntarist Franciscan tradition in order to illustrate several of its functions and how these varied from author to author. Studying how the habitus of faith works for Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus allows us to examine different takes on these functions and illustrate the variety of possible positions even within a tradition that emphasizes the freedom and agency of the moral subject above all. We will emphasize the capacity a habitus grants to pick out its proper objects, in the present case, the objects of faith; the capacity to elicit certain acts that without it would not have been possible or at least that would not have had the moral value the habitus grants them; the capacity to unite several powers in the accomplishment of a given act.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy
Number of pages20
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2018
Edition1st
Pages107-126
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00234-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00235-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameHistorical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2509-4793

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • 614 Theology

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Faucher, N. (2018). What Does a habitus of the Soul Do? The Case of the habitus of Faith in Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus. In The Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy (1st ed., pp. 107-126). (Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00235-0
Faucher, Nicolas. / What Does a habitus of the Soul Do? The Case of the habitus of Faith in Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus. The Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy. 1st. ed. Springer, 2018. pp. 107-126 (Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action).
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What Does a habitus of the Soul Do? The Case of the habitus of Faith in Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus. / Faucher, Nicolas.

The Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy. 1st. ed. Springer, 2018. p. 107-126 (Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action).

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Faucher N. What Does a habitus of the Soul Do? The Case of the habitus of Faith in Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi and John Duns Scotus. In The Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy. 1st ed. Springer. 2018. p. 107-126. (Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00235-0