Anselmian Satisfaction, Duns Scotus and The Debt of Sin

Modern Schoolman 73 (2):141 - 158 (1996)
I assess Anselm’s claim that the debt of sin is "infinite" by examining the thought-experiment used to illustrate it. The claim crashes due to a conflict with Anselm’s implied (and plausible) view of God’s obligations and due to interesting errors in his thought-experiment. Nevertheless, I defend his "Union-of-Obligation-and-Ability (UOA) strategy and his "Provision-of-Satisfaction" mechanism for explaining atonement, which relied functionally on sin’s infinite demerit, by changing them a bit. I also defend Anselm’s UOA and "Disorder-Avoidance" strategies from objections from Duns Scotus
Keywords Catholic Tradition  History of Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/schoolman199673211
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