Happiness and External Goods in Nicomachean Ethics

Sabou, Sorin, Happiness and External Goods in Nicomachean Ethics (Pickwick Publications, 2019).
In this volume, Sorin Sabou explores the dependency of happiness on external goods in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Sabou defends the following thesis: the dependency of happiness on external goods, in EN, is interpreted in the light of its political self-sufficiency, and in the light of our political humanity; this dependency is of three kinds: (1) enhancing-instrumental, (2) constitutive, and (3) subsistent.

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Apostolul Pavel în interpretarea lui Alain Badiou. O notă critică

SABOU, Sorin, Apostle Paul interpreted by Alain Badiou. A Critical Note / Apostolul Pavel în interpretarea lui Alain Badiou. O notă critică, Jurnal teologic, 18.2 (2019): 121-134.
Institutul Teologic Baptist din București
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In this critical note on Badiou's interpretation of St. Paul I will argue that Badiou's attempt of using the structure of Paul's message as the structure of an argument against the present state of the world is without chance of succeeding. For Paul, the truth is the truth of the gospel, and if it is to work, it has to be christological. If God's work is not salvific in the sending of his Son, then the famous structure of subject-truth-universality crumbles down. For Paul, the truth of the gospel is redemptive, and without this basic element universality cannot be achieved. 

Keywords: apostle Paul, Alain Badiou, truth, subject, universality, redemption
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Rolul profesorului în prevenirea plagiatului

SABOU, Sorin, The Role of the Professor in Preventing Plagiarism / Rolul profesorului în prevenirea plagiatului, Jurnal teologic, Vol 18, Nr 1 (2019): 5-14.
Institutul Teologic Baptist din București
ssabou@itb.ro

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The traditional approaches to prevent plagiarism sees it as 1) a moral error, and 2) something illegal. These traditional approaches do not lead to the satisfactory results in preventing plagiarism. More recently, internet plagiarism is an educational disaster which shows the problems of the present system of education. To understand academic integrity, the student needs to acquire a set of skills which help him/her to see the value of using the sources correctly.

Keywords: plagiarism, education, essay, book review
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Luther despre libertate

SABOU, Sorin, Luther despre libertate / Luther about Liberty, Jurnal teologic, Vol 17, Nr 1 (2018): 47-65.
Institutul Teologic Baptist din București
ssabou@itb.ro

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The thesis of this paper is that Luther understands liberty in paradoxical terms. On one hand, a Christian experiments liberty in its fullness, because a Christian is a free lord, and on the other hand, a Christian is under the dominion of all. This paradox of a lord-servant is the framework used by Luther to conceive his understanding of liberty. Luther explains this in anthropological and soteriological terms. For Luther, a Christian has two natures, one spiritual, and one bodily; salvation works at both these levels. At the level of the soul, faith is the decisive element which brings liberty to the Christian, and at the level of the body, a Christian practices obedience because of his faith. For Luther, liberty is mainly spiritual, it is a liberty of the heart.

Keywords: Luther, liberty, Reformation, faith, justification
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Happiness as Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics, An Overview

Sabou, Sorin. Happiness as Actuality in Nicomachean Ethics, An Overview (Pickwick Publications, 2018).
This is a study about the meaning of happiness [εὐδαιμονία] in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (EN). This study argues that εὐδαιμονία in EN means actuality, and it has to be interpreted through the lenses of two metaphors used by Aristotle in EN 1.7 1098a21 and 10.6 1176a30: the ‘perimeter of good’ and the ‘imprint of happiness’. To explain the meaning of happiness [εὐδαιμονία] Aristotle, first has to delineate the ‘perimeter of good’ of man, and he does that with the help of two criteria: the final end [τέλος] and the function of man [ἔργον ἀνθρώπου]. These two criteria are metaphysical concepts which describe the ‘good’ as the final metaphysical aim of every person, and the best every person can be. This metaphysical teleological aim is the ‘actuality of the soul’ according with excellence. This is the ‘perimeter’ within which Aristotle inquires about the good of man [εὐδαιμονία].
These two criteria of finality and function reach their completion in the activity of contemplation [θεώρια]. This activity is the activity of the ‘highest part of us,’ the intellect, and this is the complete εὐδαιμονία. This is how εὐδαιμονία is ‘blown’ into every human life who achieves actuality, which is the actuality of the rational intellect. These metaphors of ‘perimeter’ and ‘imprint’ are political and educational metaphors. They describe what happens in the city, and how people achieve their ultimate goal, εὐδαιμονία, which is their actuality.


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Cartea neamului lui Isus Cristos

De la Avraam la Cristos istoria mântuirii este înțeleasă în trei serii de câte paisprezece (Matei 1.1-17). Această abordare este inspirată de valoarea numerică a consoanelor numelui lui David (dwd, 4+6+4). În acest fel genealogia genezei lui Isus Cristos este prezentată în termeni regal davidici. Astfel, caracterul implicit mesianic davidic este așezat la temelia discursului. Aceste trei serii de câte 14 identifică patru momente (personaje sau evenimente) cruciale din istoria poporului lui Dumnezeu. Aici trebuie menționat faptul că toată descrierea este făcută în contextul fundamental al existenței poporului ales al lui Dumnezeu.
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The Christ event and life as a citizen

Philippians 2.5-11 is not a text about Christ as such, for the sake of Christ, but a text in which the thinking/the mindset of Christ is a model to be implemented among and in the members of the church at Philippi. If this, or a version of this hymn, was part of the early Christian worship it can be easily seen the development of thought and understanding in the first generation of Christians. Between the scenes in the Gospels and the sayings of Jesus, and a text like this about Christ there is a long way in terms of concepts, images, argument and relevance. The particularities of understanding and depiction have to receive full attention for offering a way forward in unpacking a mindset and its relevancy for others. This overall perspective of Christ's mindset/thinking has to be the main point of interpretation throughout the exposition. Read more...
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