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I. Philosophy – II. Theology – III. Social Ethics

The expression (Gk ἀδιάφορα semantic equivalents: intermediates, Gk μέση,mesē-, that which is permitted) designates phenomena of human life that are neither positive (good, bonum) nor negative (evil, malum) in the ethical realm (i.e. with regard to the attainment of human destiny). In the strict sense, then, adiaphora occur only in ethical systems whose guiding understanding of humanity knows phenomena…

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Herms, Eilert, “Adiaphora”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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