The Many Virtues of Second Nature: Habitus in Latin Medieval Philosophy

  • Nicolas Faucher
  • Magali Roques
Part of the Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action book series (HSNA, volume 7)


This chapter consists of a systematic introduction to the nature and function of habitus in Latin medieval philosophy. Over the course of this introduction, several topics are treated: the theoretical necessity to posit habitus; their nature; their causal contribution to the production of internal and external acts; how and why habitus can grow and decay; what makes their unity when they can have multiple objects and work in clusters. Finally, we examine two specific questions: why intellectual habitus represent a special case that triggered considerable debate; how human beings can be said to be free if their actions are determined by moral habitus.


Habitus Disposition Philosophical psychology Metaphysics of the soul Moral philosophy Medieval philosophy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Faucher
    • 1
  • Magali Roques
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition, Faculty of TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Philosophisches SeminarUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584)Villejuif CedexFrance

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