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Author(s): Harbeck-Pingel, Bernd | Puca, Rosa Maria | Schmidt, Heinz
[German Version] 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): the intellect moves the will in presenting its object to…