Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: INHIBITIVE FEAR, 10-06-12
Posted on 10/06/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT by Salvation
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Mental agitation as affecting moral responsibility. Of itself, fear does not remove the voluntary character of human actions, but it usually lessens their guilt, as also their merit. There is a distinction, however, between acting through fear or with fear. One acts through fear if it is the fear that induces one to act, as when a student cheats out of fear of failing an examination. Such actions are voluntary and imputable in most cases. One acts with fear if the emotion merely accompanies an action but does not cause it. Any significant human action involves some associated fear. Normally this reaction does not affect moral responsibility.
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Don’t know about war - probably there’s a more complex interpretation needed.
Thanks for the post, regardless - this strengthens my conviction that my recent fears about some help I’m giving loved ones are not affecting my actions towards the moral responsibility associated with them.
Appreciation for you. We never know who a post might touch.
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