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Lust and Sin in Abelard's Ethics (Roundtable Series)

Abelard & Heloise
Lust & Sin in Abelard's Ethics. Led by Dr. Steve Parchment:

Peter Abelard (1079–1142) is perhaps better known for the scandals in his life than for his innovative works in philosophy and theology. In addition to his illicit love affair with Heloise, which led to his castration at the hands of Heloise’s vengeful relatives, Abelard was twice condemned for heresy by ecclesiastical authorities—the first time resulting in the public burning of one of Abelard’s major theological texts, and the second culminating in his excommunication by Pope Innocent II.

In this roundtable, we’ll look at key concepts in Abelard’s unfinished Ethics and try to make sense of some of the controversial doctrines which led to his second condemnation, such as: 1) it’s no sin to want to do evil nor is it a sin to enjoy doing evil things, 2) our actions are morally insignificant, and 3) those who crucified Christ committed no sin.

This event will take place as a virtual meeting on zoom on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 3pm-4pm.

All are welcome to attend and participate.

To join the zoom session: the zoom link will be shared in an EKU Today announcement and at the webpage below on the day of the roundtable. 

For more information about the Fall 2020 EKU Philosophy & Religious Studies Roundtable Series, see: or email

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