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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172301

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.001.0001

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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Columbia University Press

Symptoms of exhaustion theorized in the context of acedia and sloth, ranging from late antiquity to the Middle Ages. Theologians of that period, such as Thomas Aquinas, believed that the symptoms of exhaustion were caused by moral and spiritual failings. Exhaustion was represented as a disease of the will and the spirit, not of the body. Literary example includes Dante's 'The Divine Comedy'.

Keywords:   Acedia, Thomas Aquinas, exhaustion, Dante's 'The Divine Comedy'

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