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A lapsu corruptus – Calvinist Doctrines and Seventeenth-Century Scottish Theses ethicæ

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Maurer Christian,
Project Tolerance, Intolerance and Discrimination Regarding Religion
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal History of Universities
Page(s) 188 - 209
Title of proceedings History of Universities
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198803621.001.0001

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Type of Open Access Green OA Embargo (Freely available via Repository after an embargo)


This chapter focuses on the treatment of doctrinal issues in seventeenth-century Scottish moral philosophy. It explores how some Calvinist doctrines, which were really central to the positions labelled ‘orthodox’ during much of the seventeenth century, also played an important role in moral philosophy. Looking to one specific aspect of the more general question regarding the relationship between Calvinism and moral philosophy, the chapter tries to achieve a better understanding of how the academic Theses ethicæ or Theses morales dealt with central Calvinist doctrines. The Theses ethicæ are parts of the Latin Theses philosophicæ, which constitute our key source for understanding the philosophy teaching in Scottish universities during the seventeenth century. In addition, the chapter discusses in some detail the treatment of Calvinist doctrines regarding the topoi of original sin, the Fall, and corruption; predestination and grace; saving faith, election, and salvation; and free will and good works.