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A Negligent Omission At The Root Of All Sinfulness: Anselm And The Devil

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This chapter explores the Anselm's action theory and, in particular, his understanding of the will-as-affection. This exploration is important for a few reasons. First, doing so sets the groundwork that Scotus adopts Anselm's affectiones of the will. Second, this exploration results in an important theological pay-off in regard to NO's. The chapter shows that the thoughts of one of the most influential medieval theologians, one whose influence is still felt today in many areas of philosophy and theology, logically lead to the conclusion that the first time there was a sin, that sin was a NO. Anselm states that the devil's sin arose from a situation in which the devil and the good angels did not know that they would be punished if they committed an act forbidden them by God.

Keywords: Anselm; devil; will-as-affection

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