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Pleasure
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I. Theology

The use of pleasure or enjoyment in a theological context began with Augustine of Hippo, who defined it as “amore alicui rei inhaerere propter seipsam” (Doctr. chr. I 4.4; PL col. 20). The “res” is solely God, the highest good. The ethically telic uti (“use”) is subordinated to frui (“enjoyment”). Scholasticism followed Augustine but connected frui with the ultimus finis of humanity and secondarily with everything that occasions love of God (Thomas Aquinas In primum librum Sententiarum d.1 …

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Lange, Dietz, “Pleasure”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08407>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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