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Deadly Vices

Gabriele Taylor

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780198235804
eISBN:
9780191604058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235801.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book focuses on the vices, which in Christian theology were most commonly selected as bringing death to the soul. These are sloth, envy, avarice, pride, anger, lust, and gluttony. The ... More


‘Deadly Sins’

Gabriele Taylor

in Deadly Vices

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780198235804
eISBN:
9780191604058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235801.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter explores the particular vice of acedia or sloth. Sloth is a paralyzing vice, with the slothful carrying the burden of a useless self. Awareness of this condition explains occurrent moods ... More


Proprieties of Work and Speech: ‘The Second Nun's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, ‘The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, ‘The Manciple's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, and ‘The Parson's Prologue’

Alcuin Blamires

in Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248674
eISBN:
9780191714696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248674.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Tales draw to an end amidst antitheses between busy occupation and idleness or sloth. The Second Nun and her Tale dramatise a complex ideal of morally productive work. This chapter shows how the ... More


Comic Relief: In Appreciation of the Seven Deadly Sins

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

There seems to be no end to moralizing about the vices, but there is too little appreciation of them as mere human foibles and an essential part of the “human circus.” There are also serious ... More


The Range of Moral Evil; and Responsibility

Richard Swinburne

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237983
eISBN:
9780191598548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237987.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

If God is to give to creatures significant responsibility for themselves and others, he must allow them to damage their characters, and to cause pain and ignorance. It is good that humans, who do not ... More


Deadly Vices?

Gabriele Taylor

in How Should One Live?: Essays on the Virtues

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198752349
eISBN:
9780191597251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198752342.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The overall thesis is that there is a set of vices (the so‐called deadly sins) that are corruptive of the self and the possession of which thus prevents an agent from leading a flourishing life. ... More


The Evolution of Self-Control

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199778232
eISBN:
9780199897261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter offers an account of the evolution of self-control. The capacity for self-control tends to increase as people grow older. Individual differences in self-control have been found to be ... More


Diversity, Evolution, and Adaptations of Sirenians and other Marine Mammals

Annalisa Berta

in Return to the Sea: The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520270572
eISBN:
9780520951440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270572.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The origin and evolutionary history of sirenians (manatees and dugongs) and their extinct relatives are reviewed in this chapter, in addition to sea and marine otters, polar bears, and evolutionary ... More


Femurs and Footprints: On the Trail of Megabeasts

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

In this epilogue, the author reflects on his journey to Argentina in 2003 to join his son on the trail of Charles Darwin's megabeasts. Darwin reveled in the extinct megabeasts of South America, ... More


Introduction: Doing Nothing in America

Zuzanna Ladyga

in The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474442923
eISBN:
9781474477031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction outlines a theoretical approach to the theme of laziness in literature and provides a historical genealogy of the term. It argues the pertinence of laziness as a concept-metaphor ... More


Paleoindian Zooarchaeology in Florida

Rochelle A. Marrinan

in New Directions in the Search for the First Floridians

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781683400738
eISBN:
9781683400875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9781683400738.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter deals with acquiring food, specifically the animal portion of the diet, in the Paleoindian Period. The authors discuss the historical roots of the sub-field in detail. Locations noted in ... More


Separation And Emigration 1818

Lawrence M. Crutcher

in George Keats of Kentucky: A Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136882
eISBN:
9780813141411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136882.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

George hears about Morris Birkbeck's colonization scheme in Southern Illinois. Abbey and Charles Dilke favor George's emigration, the former for business and the latter for political reasons. George ... More


Fallenness and Flourishing

Hud Hudson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198849094
eISBN:
9780191883354
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849094.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book opens with defenses of the philosophy of pessimism, first on secular grounds and then again on distinctively Christian grounds with reference to the fallenness of human beings. It then ... More


Despair, Anxiety, and Sloth

Celia E. Deane-Drummond

in Shadow Sophia: The Evolution of Wisdom, Volume II

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198843467
eISBN:
9780191879302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843467.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Despair is a stronger form of sadness than envy because it reflects deep inner turmoil. While it is difficult to measure mental states of animals, many behavioural studies imply that at least some ... More


The Moth and the Mahatma: Waiting for the Mahatma

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

In this chapter, Ranga Rao discusses Narayan’s love story Waiting for the Mahatma, that also has the Mahatma as a character. The novel presents the education of another young man, Sriram, this time ... More


Sloth: Some Historical Reflections on Laziness, Effort, and Resistance to the Demands of Love

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

in Virtues and Their Vices

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199645541
eISBN:
9780191744549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645541.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter shows how contemporary conceptions of sloth as laziness diverge from acedia, a vice that Desert Fathers Evagrius of Pontus and John Cassian defined as a lack of enduring commitment to ... More


Libido Sentiendi, Libido Sciendi, Libido Dominandi

Hud Hudson

in Fallenness and Flourishing

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198849094
eISBN:
9780191883354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849094.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter offers a report from the front lines where the battle for self-achieved happiness and well-being (or flourishing) is decidedly not going well. After counter-reports of success from those ... More


The Masks of Sloth

Hud Hudson

in Fallenness and Flourishing

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198849094
eISBN:
9780191883354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849094.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

One peculiarity of the theses defended in the foregoing chapters is that they diagnose a condition which predicts that the diagnosis will be resisted by those it accurately describes. Literature ... More


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