This paper focuses on the notions of will and action, understood as the foundation of moral agency, as presented in Chapter one of F. A. Piro’s Riflessioni. Piro argues that will is the active faculty of mind by which we choose among several possible actions, and, in this perspective, liberty of indifference is essential to morality. Thus, Piro rejects both Malebranche’s occasionalism, especially his view that will is determined by the love of God, and Cartesian dualism, to which he opposes a sort of substantial agnosticism. Although Piro was a member of the Order of Minim Friars, surprisingly, his view on the foundation of morality is clearly inspired by John Locke’s epistemology – and this was seen as dangerously heretical by the Roman Church.

Volontà e azione in Francesco Antonio Piro. Echi lockiani e anti-occasionalismo

DE TOMMASO, Emilio Maria
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2022

Abstract

This paper focuses on the notions of will and action, understood as the foundation of moral agency, as presented in Chapter one of F. A. Piro’s Riflessioni. Piro argues that will is the active faculty of mind by which we choose among several possible actions, and, in this perspective, liberty of indifference is essential to morality. Thus, Piro rejects both Malebranche’s occasionalism, especially his view that will is determined by the love of God, and Cartesian dualism, to which he opposes a sort of substantial agnosticism. Although Piro was a member of the Order of Minim Friars, surprisingly, his view on the foundation of morality is clearly inspired by John Locke’s epistemology – and this was seen as dangerously heretical by the Roman Church.
Piro, Will, Action, Locke, Malebranche
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