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Deadly Vices$
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Gabriele Taylor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198235804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198235801.001.0001

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‘Deadly Sins’

‘Deadly Sins’

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(p.13) 2 ‘Deadly Sins’
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Deadly Vices
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Gabriele Taylor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198235801.003.0002

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 of indolence, hopelessness, and despair. If, like Oblomov, they manage nonetheless to achieve a relatively contented state of mind then this is because they have found some mental busyness and are given to idle daydreams, which may, at least for periods of time, conceal their burden from themselves.

Keywords:   vice, sloth, deadly sin, acedia, boredom

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