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
ssabou@itb.ro

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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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