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A. Definition

  1. Actions
     a. performed by man KNOWINGLY and FREELY.
     b. proper to man as MAN ( as rational and moral)
  2. Human acts are moral acts.

  3. It is only with human acts that man is RESPONSIBLE for his

  4. The DEGREE of responsibility depends on the degree of
  knowledge and deliberation.

  5. not ACTS of MAN ( done WITHOUT full knowledge and/ or full
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B. Kinds ( Paul Glenn, ETHICS, A CLASS MANUAL IN MORAL PHILOSOPHY, Herder Book Co., reprint National
    Bookstore, Inc., Mla, 1965, pp. 7-8)

   Human Acts are either ELICITED acts or COMMANDED acts.
   ELICITED ACTS are those performed by the will.
  1. WISH
      - the tendency of the will towards something, whether this be realizable or not.
       - Its object may include the impossible, or, that which is remotely possible.

      - the tendency of the will towards something attainable but without necessarily committing oneself
         to attain it.

      - the acceptance of the will of those needed to carry out the intention.

       - the selection of the will of those means effective enough to carry out the intention.

   5. USE
       - the command of the will to make use of those means elected to carry out the intention.

       - the enjoyment (satisfaction) of the will derived from the attainment or the thing he had desired
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B. Kinds
  COMMANDED ACTS are those done by man’s mental or
  bodily powers under the command of the will.

      eg. Conscious reasoning, recalling something,
  encouraging oneself, controlling aroused emotions

       eg. Walking, eating, dancing, laughing, listening, reading

    Some actions are combinations of internal and external
  movements, such as, listening, studying, reading, driving a
  car, writing a letter or playing chess
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C. Moral Distinctions




D. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Evil

E. Sanctions and Penalties
    1. Imputability  doer is either deserving a reward or
  punishment ( basic requirement of justice)
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F. Constituents
      a. A human act as a deliberate act is a KNOWING ACT.
      b. It is knowing what one is doing.
      c. No human act is possible without knowledge.
      d. The will is a blind faculty in itself.
      e. The will cannot choose unless it SEES to choose: the POWER
  to SEE is through intellectual knowledge.
      a. The CAPACITY or POWER to choose between two or more
  courses of actions WITHOUT being forced to take one or the other
  by anything except our own will.
       b. An act which the will DOES or LEAVES UNDONE is
  properly a FREE act.
       c. All human acts must be FREE ACTS.
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F. Constituents


      a. From Latin word: VOLUNTAS ( will)
       b. A human act is a WILL- ACT.
       c. A voluntary act is different:
            i. from what is merely WILLED and cannot be controlled by the
  will, as good or bad weather
              ex. Good weather is agreeable or willed by a group of students
  during an outing day. But to have a good weather is not voluntary since
  the will of the students is not the cause of a good weather.
         ii. from what is VIOLENT or ARTIFICIAL because these acts are
                caused by some external agents.
           iii. from what is NATURAL because nature acts without knowledge
  of the end.
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F. Constituents
    d. Without it, an act is a mere act of man.
    e. Kinds and Degrees of Voluntariness
        i. PERFECT
           - is present in a person who fully knows and fully intends an act.
        ii. IMPERFECT
            - is present in a person who acts without fully realizing what he means to
               do, or without fully intending the act.
       iii. CONDITIONAL
            - is present in a person who is forced by circumstances beyond his control
               to perform an act which he would not do under normal conditions.
            - The FREEDOM is impaired.
       iv. DIRECT
            - accompanies an act which is primarily intended by the doer, either as
              an end in itself or as a means to achieve something else.
        v. INDIRECT
            - accompanies an act or situation which is the mere result of a directly
               willed act.
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F. Constituents

     f. A person is accountable for his actions and their consequences. But is he also
        accountable for results not directly intended?

     g. Paul Glenn considers a person accountable for indirectly voluntary results of
        his acts when:

       - The doer is able to foresee the evil result or effect, at least, in a general way;
        - The doer is free to refrain from doing that which would produce the
          unforeseen evil;
        - The doer has moral obligation not to do that which produces an evil effect.

    h. Alfredo Panizo cites these principles:

       - A person is held morally responsible for any evil effect

       - A human act from which two effects may result, one good and one is evil
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F. Constituents

  Examples that will illustrate the distinction of the three constituents or
  principles of the human act:

      EX. 1. To study for an exam:
                 The student knows that he has an exam.
                 The student has the option to study or not to study.
                 The student wills to study for his exam.
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F. Constituents

      EX. 2. Reading a book
                A Catholic student is aware of the regulations of the Church
                concerning the reading of a certain book contained in the Index of
                Forbidden Books.
                He is free (physically) to buy and to read the book or to obey the
                Church’s order.
                He reads the book and consequently disobeys the regulations of the

You cannot will something unless you know and have the freedom
to do or not to do.

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