The Ontology, Psychology and Axiology of Habits (Habitus) in Medieval Philosophy

  • Nicolas Faucher
  • Magali Roques

Part of the Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action book series (HSNA, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Olivier Boulnois
    Pages 25-45
  3. Can Laurens Löwe
    Pages 167-184
  4. Jean-Luc Solère
    Pages 205-227
  5. Martin Pickavé
    Pages 245-261
  6. Magali Roques
    Pages 263-283
  7. Gyula Klima
    Pages 321-331
  8. Monika Michałowska
    Pages 347-364
  9. Dominik Perler
    Pages 365-384
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 403-413

About this book


This book features 20 essays that explore how Latin medieval philosophers and theologians from Anselm to Buridan conceived of habitus, as well as detailed studies of the use of the concept by Augustine and of the reception of the medieval doctrines of habitus in Suàrez and Descartes. Habitus are defined as stable dispositions to act or think in a certain way. This definition was passed down to the medieval thinkers from Aristotle and, to a lesser extent, Augustine, and played a key role in many of the philosophical and theological developments of the time.

Written by leading experts in medieval and modern philosophy, the book offers a historical overview that examines the topic in light of recent advances in medieval cognitive psychology and medieval moral theory. Coverage includes such topics as the metaphysics of the soul, the definition of virtue and vice, and the epistemology of self-knowledge. The book also contains an introduction that is the first attempt at a comprehensive survey of the nature and function of habitus in medieval thought.

The material will appeal to a wide audience of historians of philosophy and contemporary philosophers. It is relevant as much to the historian of ancient philosophy who wants to track the historical reception of Aristotelian ideas as it is to historians of modern philosophy who would like to study the progressive disappearance of the term “habitus” in the early modern period and the concepts that were substituted for it. In addition, the volume will also be of interest to contemporary philosophers open to historical perspectives in order to renew current trends in cognitive psychology, virtue epistemology, and virtue ethics.


Medieval Philosophy Philosophy of Mind Cognitive Psychology Virtue Theory Virtue Epistemology Aquinas on Moral Habits Ockham on Knowledge Metaphysics of Habits in Buridan Buridan's Faculty Psychology Suárez on the Metaphysics of Habits

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicolas Faucher
    • 1
  • Magali Roques
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition, Faculty of TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584)Villejuif CedexFrance

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