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Aquinas's Ethics Metaphysical Foundations, Moral Theory, and Theological Context

ISBN-10: 0268026017
ISBN-13: 9780268026011
Edition: 2009
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 5/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The purpose of 'Aquinas's Ethics' is to place Thomas Aquinas' moral theory in its full philosophical and theological context and to do so in a way that makes it readily accessible to students and general readers. The subject is presented in non-specialist language, helping to reveal the coherent nature of Aquinas' thinking.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Aquinas's Connection to Aristotle
Happiness as the End of Human Nature and Human Actions
Human Nature
The Metaphysics of Human Nature
The Hierarchy of Being
Two Ends of the Spectrum: Pure Actuality and Pure Potentiality
Material Substances, Intellects, and Human Beings
Being and Goodness: God, Creatures, and Function
Soul and Body
Soul
Bodies, Matter, and Human Beings
Souls in Separation from Matter
Human Persons
Human Capacities and the Image of God
Essence and Capacity
The Soul's Capacities in General
Specific Capacities of the Rational Soul
Intellect and Will
Being and Goodness Revisited
Human Actions
Actions and Ends
The Source of Human Action
The Ultimate End of Action
The Process of Action: Intellect and Will
The Process of Action: Passion
The Moral Appraisal of Actions
Good and Bad Actions in General
A Closer Look at Bad Actions
Sins of Ignorance
Sins of Passion
Sins of the Will
Habits and Freedom
Habit Formation
Freedom of Action
Aquinas in the Current Debate
The Road Ahead
Human Flourishing
The Virtues
What Is a Virtue?
Kinds of Virtues
A Closer Look at the Theological Virtues
Law and Grace
Law
Defending an Integrationist Reading of Aquinas's Ethics
Grace
Virtue, Law, and Grace as Interior and Exterior Guides to Action
Theologically Transformed Virtue and Vice
The Vice of Sloth
The Virtue of Courage
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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