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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Abelard and the Ethics

Peter Abelardís "Ethics", written around 1130, was a controversial yet necessary exploration of sin and punishment. Abelardís work explored concepts of sin: how they are punished, the ethical judgment of different sins, the proper moral evaluator, church or God, as well as the relationship between internal decisions and morals, intention versus external action. Moreover, Abelard was accomplished in poetry and music, and was one of the greatest orators and debaters during the twelfth century. Famous as much through his vibrant and notorious past scandals as for his intellectual accomplishments in philosophy and theology, Abelard created a movement of change in ethical thinking, and his breadth of knowledge threatened the Catholic Church. This paper investigates Peter Abelardís intellectual influence, how his "Ethics" define punishment of moral sin, and the importance of his "Ethics" to the Church and how it affected the role of the Church during the 12th century.

Presenters: Ana Lester (Undergraduate Student)
Jessica McClellan (Undergraduate Student)
Krysten Collier (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 4:05 pm (Session V)