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I. Ethics – II. Psychology – III. Practical Theology

I. Ethics

The history of the concepts “motive” and “motivation” is accompanied by the related term “drive.” Its significance is primarily philosophical; its theological relevance is only secondary.

In the theology of Thomas Aquinas, the term motivum as a translation of κίνησις/kínēsis is an appropriation from the Aristotelian laws of motion. Aquinas employs this concept in order to effect precise distinctions (Summa theologiae I/II, q. 9):…

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Harbeck-Pingel, Bernd, Puca, Rosa Maria and Schmidt, Heinz, “Motive/Motivation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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