Joshua C. Thurow
University of Texas at San Antonio
Anselm’s argument in Cur Deus Homo commits him to the existence of collective sin and to Jesus’s offering recompense for the human race’s collective sin. By “collective sin” I mean sin of a collective entity—in this case, the human race. In the bulk of this paper I argue that one of Anselm’s defenses of a crucial assumption of his argument—what I call Anselm’s Principle—can succeed only on the assumption that Jesus offers recompense for the collective sin of the human race. At the end of the paper’s final section I briefly present a second argument that another, quite separate, aspect of Anselm’s argument—regarding the conditions for blessed happiness—also implies that Jesus offers recompense for the collective sin of the human race.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1051-3558
DOI 10.5840/acpq2017531120
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,436
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Anselm on the Beauty of the Incarnation.Brian Leftow - 1995 - Modern Schoolman 72 (2-3):109 - 124.
A Defense of Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo Argument.Katherin A. Rogers - 2000 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 74:187-200.
Cur Deus Homo of St. Anselm.Francis Augustine Walsh - 1930 - New Scholasticism 4 (1):56-57.
Evil as Nothing.Marilyn McCord Adams - 2012 - Modern Schoolman 89 (3-4):131-145.
Anselm on Atonement.David Brown - 2004 - In Brian Leftow (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Anselm. Cambridge University Press.
Anselm, Gaunilo, and Lost Island.Keith Burgess-Jackson - 1994 - Philosophy and Theology 8 (3):243-249.
Updating Anselm Again.Lynne Rudder Baker - 2013 - Res Philosophica 90 (1):23-32.
Christ Our Brother: Family Unity in Anselm’s Theory of the Atonement.Katherin A. Rogers - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):223-236.
Why God Had to Have an Immaculate Mother.Edward Epsen - 2016 - New Blackfriars 97 (1071):560-574.


Added to PP index

Total views
11 ( #856,016 of 2,519,861 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #406,012 of 2,519,861 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes