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Asceticism
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1. The Concept and Its Present Significance

1.1. Asceticism is a basic concept in the history of European civilization. In Greek antiquity from the fifth century b.c., “asceticism” denoted bodily self-control on the part of athletes and likewise the exercise of moral restraint on the part of philosophers. It rests primarily on the voluntary decision of individuals and entails the temporary or i…

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Staats, Reinhart, “Asceticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A610>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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