Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Toivanen, Juhana
Organisation University of Jyväskylä
Project title
Vicious, Antisocial, and Sinful: The Social and Political Dimension of Moral Vices from Medieval to Early Modern Philosophy
Decision No. 331620
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 480 000
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Project description
This project (VAS) analyses the social and political dimension of human vices in medieval and early modern philosophy. The key concepts, moral vice and its theological counterpart sin, are approached from two perspectives. First, VAS investigates the definition and use of these concepts in medieval moral literature, and asks how the social aspect is mapped to philosophical conceptualisations of vices. Second, it examines the role of vices in the context of medieval and early modern works on political philosophy. Here the main focus is on the dynamic relation between human wickedness and potential for social, asocial, and antisocial life. In addition to medieval scholastic tradition from the thirteenth century onwards, the (dis)continuities between medieval and early modern periods are charted. VAS is a first serious study on the concept of vice in this formative period of modernity, and it has potential for contributing to our understanding of contemporary societal problems.