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Gerald Odonis’ Commentary On The Ethics: A Discussion Of The Manuscripts And General Survey

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Gerald Odonis produced a lengthy commentary on the Ethics, recognized by both his contemporaries and modern scholars as a substantial analysis of Aristotelian thought on the virtues, the will, moral choice, justice, and the nature of ethical inquiry. Odonis' work on the Ethics was remarkable enough among fourteenth-century contemporaries to earn him the epithet Doctor moralis and to merit continued circulation and study of his commentary into the sixteenth century. In his study of Odonis' conception of akrasia in the Ethics, he cited inconsistent positions on consent between book III and book VII, in which Odonis first upholds the traditional Augustinian position, but also supports the Thomistic view. We lack specific evidence for the location and context in which Odonis produced it, but can make a reasonable guess where to place it in relation to the dates posited for his progress through the degree program.

Keywords: akrasia; aristotelian; augustinian position; fourteenth century; Gerald odonis



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