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Ethics of Aquinas

by Stephen J. Pope Georgetown Univ Press
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In this comprehensive anthology, twenty-seven outstanding scholars from North America and Europe address every major aspect of Thomas Aquinas's understanding of morality and comment on his remarkable legacy. While there has been a revival of interest in recent years in the ethics of St. Thomas, no single work has yet fully examined the basic moral arguments and content of Aquinas' major moral work, the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae. This work fills that lacuna. The first chapters of The Ethics of Aquinas introduce readers to the sources, methods, and major themes of Aquinas's ethics. The second part of the book provides an extended discussion of ideas in the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae, in which contributors present cogent interpretations of the structure, major arguments, and themes of each of the treatises. The third and final part examines aspects of Thomistic ethics in the twentieth century and beyond. These essays reflect a diverse group of scholars representing a variety of intellectual perspectives. Contributors span numerous fields of study, including intellectual history, medieval studies, moral philosophy, religious ethics, and moral theology. This remarkable variety underscores how interpretations of Thomas's ethics continue to develop and evolve--and stimulate fervent discussion within the academy and the church. This volume is aimed at scholars, students, clergy, and all those who continue to find Aquinas a rich source of moral insight.

Preface Abbreviations The Setting of the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas-Revisited Leonard E. Boyle, OPThe Sources of the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas Servais-Theodore Pinckaers, OPTranslated by Mary Thomas Noble, OP Overview of the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas Stephen J. PopePART I: The First Part of the Second Part of the Summa TheologiaeHappiness Georg WielandTranslated by Grant Kaplan The Will and Its Acts David M. GallagherGood and Evil in Human Acts Daniel WestbergThe Passions of the Soul Kevin WhiteHabits and Virtues Bonnie KentThe Intellectual Virtues Gregory M. ReichbergVice and Sin Eileen SweeneyNatural Law and Human Law Clifford G. Kossel, SJThe Old Law and the New Law Pamela M. HallGrace Theo KobuschTranslated by Grant Kaplan and Frederick G. Lawrence Part II: The Second Part of the Second Part of the Summa TheologiaeThe Theological Virtue of Faith: An Invitation to an Ecclesial Life of Truth Stephen F. BrownThe Theological Virtue of Hope Romanus Cessario, OPThe Theological Virtue of Charity Eberhard SchokenhoffTranslated by Grant Kaplan and Frederick G. Lawrence The Virtue of Prudence James F. Keenan, SJThe Virtue of Justice Jean PorterSins Against Justice Martin RhonheimerTranslated by Frederick G. Lawrence The Virtue of Courage R.E. HouserThe Virtue of Temperance Diana Fritz CatesCharisms, Forms and States of life Serge-Thomas Bonino, OPTranslated by Mary thomas Noble, OP Part III: The Twentieth-Century LegaclInterpreting Thomas Aquinas: Aspects of the Dominican School of Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century Thomas F. O'Meara, OPInterpreting Thomas Aquinas:Aspects of the Redemptrist and Jesuit Schools in the Twentieth Century Raphael Gallagher, CSSRThomistic Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Clifford G. Kossel, SJInterpretations of Aquinas's Ethics Since Vatican II Thomas S. HibbsThe Evaluation of Goods and the Estimation of Consequences: Aquinas on the Determination of the Morally Good Ludger HonnefelderLonergan and Aquinas: The Postmodern Problematic of Theology and Ethics Frederick G. LawrenceContributors Index

'Pope has assembled an impressive range of contributors to provide the most complete and authoritative commentary on the ethics of Thomas Aquinas. An indispensable resource for moral theologians and philosophers. landmark volume.' -- Theological Studies 'This book addresses a wide audience of experts and others who are interested in Aquinas and in ethics. This is an important contribution and should be present in any serious theological library.' -- Catholic Library World ' articularly timely... this work will address an imbalanced impression that those with only limited exposure to Aquinas may have.' -- Theology Today ' must have for every theology library and an invaluable resource for moral theologians, philosophers and students alike. Pope has gathered some of the best Thomistic scholars and ethicists in Europe and America to contribute to this book.' -- Horizons 'A remarkable set of in-depth background essays by scholars of erudition, balanced judgement, and clarity of thought....This is a rich and unparalleled resource for scholars of theological ethics.' -- Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
Stephen J. Pope is a professor in the Boston College Department of Theology. His books include The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown University Press, 1994).