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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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(p.192) (p.193) 12 Morality

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks in more detail at the nature of justice, examining Anselm's theoretical understanding of morality as well as the practical moral advice in his letters. Anselm notes more than once that he is interested in freedom and morality because he is interested in salvation. The free choice that he analyzes is the freedom that is relevant to salvation, and the justice that he commends is the justice without which no one is admitted into heaven. On one way of thinking, one has rectitude of will when one fulfills one's purpose by loving God; on the other, one has rectitude of will when one maintains the place one has been assigned in God's perfectly ordered universe. But the place assigned to rational nature in the order of the whole just is that of knowing God and loving him for his own sake.

Keywords:   justice, rectitude, Anselm's moral theory, natural theology, Cur Deus Homo

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