On Evil

ISBN-10: 0195091833

ISBN-13: 9780195091830

Edition: 2003

Authors: Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan, Brian Davies

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The De Malo represents some of Aquinas' most mature thinking on goodness, badness, and human agency. In it he examines the full range of questions associated with evil: its origin, its nature, its relation to good, and its compatability with the existence of an omnipotent, benevolent God. This edition offers Richard Regan's new, clear readable English translation, based on the Leonine Commission's authoritative edition of the Latin text. Brian Davies has provided an extensive introduction and notes. (Please note: this edition does not include the Latin text).
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List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Translator's Note
On Evil
Is Evil an Entity?
Is There Evil in Good?
Is Good the Cause of Evil?
Is Evil Suitably Divided into the Evil of Moral Wrong and the Evil of Punishment?
Does Punishment or Moral Wrong Have More of the Nature of Evil?
On Sins
Is an Act Involved in Every Sin?
Does Sin Consist Solely of the Will's Act?
Does Sin Consist Chiefly of Acts of the Will?
Is Every Act Morally Indifferent?
Are Some Acts Morally Indifferent?
Do Circumstances Specify Sins or Alter the Species of Sin by Transferring Them into Different Kinds of Sin?
Do Circumstances Make Sins More Serious without Imputing Species to Sins?
Do Circumstances Make Sins Infinitely More Serious, Namely, so as to Make Venial Sins Mortal?
Are All Sins Equal?
Are Sins More Serious Because They Are Contrary to a Greater Good?
Does Sin Diminish Natural Good?
Can Sin Destroy the Whole Natural Good?
On the Causes of Sin
Does God Cause Sin?
Do Acts of Sin Come from God?
Does the Devil Cause Sin?
Can the Devil by Interior Persuasion Induce Human Beings to Sin?
Does the Devil Suggest Every Sin?
Regarding Human Sinners, Can Ignorance Cause Sin?
Is Ignorance a Sin?
Does Ignorance Excuse or Diminish Sin?
Can a Person Having Knowledge Sin out of Weakness?
Do We Impute Sins out of Weakness to Human Beings as Mortal Sins?
Does Weakness Make Sin Less or More Serious?
Can a Person Sin out of Malice, That is, Deliberate Malice?
Does the Sinner out of Malice Sin More Seriously than the Sinner out of Weakness?
Is Every Sin Done out of Malice a Sin against the Holy Spirit?
Can Sins against the Holy Spirit Be Forgiven?
On Original Sin
Is a Sin Contracted by Physical Descent?
What Is Original Sin?
Is Flesh or the Soul the Subject in Which Original Sin Inheres?
Does Original Sin Inhere in the Powers of the Soul Prior to Being in the Soul's Essence?
Does Original Sin Inhere in the Will Prior to Being in Other Powers?
Is Original Sin Transmitted by Adam to All Descendants from His Seed?
Do Those Begotten Only from Adam's Matter Contract Original Sin?
Are the Sins of Immediate Parents Transmitted by Physical Descent to Their Posterity?
On the Punishment of Original Sin
Is Privation of the Vision of God a Fitting Punishment for Original Sin?
Does Original Sin Deserve Punishment of the Senses?
Do Those Who Die with Only Original Sin Suffer the Torment of Internal Anguish?
Are Death and Other Ills of This Life Punishment of Original Sin?
Are Death and Like Ills Natural to Human Beings?
On Human Choice
Do Human Beings Have Free Choice in Their Acts, or Do They Choose Necessarily?
On Venial Sin
Do We Properly Contradistinguish Venial Sin from Mortal Sin?
Does Venial Sin Diminish Charity?
Can Venial Sin Become Mortal?
Do Circumstances Make Venial Sins Mortal?
Can Venial Sin Belong to Higher Reason?
Can Venial Sin Belong to Sense Appetites?
Could Adam in the Condition of Innocence Have Sinned Venially?
Are the First Movements of the Sense Appetites of Unbelievers Venial Sins?
Can a Good or Bad Angel Sin Venially?
Is Venial Sin by One without Charity Punished by Eternal Punishment?
Are Any Venial Sins Remitted in Purgatory after This Life Ends?
Does Sprinkling Holy Water, Anointing the Body, and the Like Remit Venial Sins in This Life?
On the Capital Sins
How Many Capital Sins Are There, and Which Sins Are?
Is Pride a Special Kind of Sin?
Does Pride Belong to Irascible Power?
Does Gregory Appropriately Assign Four Species of Pride?
On VainGlory
Is Vainglory a Sin?
Is Vainglory a Mortal Sin?
Do We Appropriately Assign Disobedience, Boasting, Hypocrisy, Contention, Obstinacy, Discord, and Audacity for Novelties as the Daughters of Vainglory?
On Envy
Is Envy a Sin?
Is Envy a Mortal Sin?
Is Envy a Capital Sin?
On Spiritual Apathy
Is Spiritual Apathy a Sin?
Is Spiritual Apathy a Special Kind of Sin?
Is Spiritual Apathy a Mortal Sin?
Is Spiritual Apathy a Capital Sin?
On Anger
Is All Anger Sin, or Is Some Anger Good?
Can Anger Be a Sin?
Is Anger a Mortal Sin?
Is Anger a Less Serious Sin Than Hate and Envy and the Like?
Is Anger a Capital Sin?
On Avarice
Is Avarice a Special Kind of Sin?
Is Avarice a Mortal Sin?
Is Avarice a Capital Sin?
Is Lending at Interest a Mortal Sin?
On Gluttony
Is Gluttony Always a Sin?
Is Gluttony a Mortal Sin?
Does Gregory Appropriately List the Species of Gluttony?
Is Gluttony a Capital Sin?
On Sexual Lust
Is Every Act of Sexual Lust a Sin?
Is Every Act of Sexual Lust a Mortal Sin?
Are Fornication, Adultery, Incest, Seduction of a Virgin, Rape, and Sins Contrary to Nature the Species of Sexual Lust?
Is Sexual Lust a Capital Sin?
On Devils
Do Devils Have Bodies Joined to Them by Nature?
Are Devils Evil by Their Nature or Their Will?
Did the Devil in Sinning Desire Equality with God?
Did the Devil Sin, or Could He Have Sinned, at the First Moment of His Creation?
Can Devils' Free Choice Return to Good after Their Sin?
Is a Devil's Intellect So Darkened after Sin That It Can Err or Be Deceived?
Do Devils Know Future Things?
Do Devils Know Our Interior Thoughts?
Can Devils Alter Material Substances by Changing the Substances' Forms?
Can Devils Cause the Locomotion of Material Substances?
Can Devils Affect the Soul's Cognitive Powers Regarding the Internal or External Senses?
Can Devils Affect Human Beings' Intellect?
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Authors and Works Cited
Comparable Passages in Other Works of Aquinas
Non-Biblical Texts Cited
Select Bibliography
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