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Contingency and fortune in Aquinas's ethics

Author: John R Bowlin
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Cambridge studies in religion and critical thought, 6.
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In this study John Bowlin argues that Aquinas's moral theology receives much of its character and content from an assumption about our common lot: the good we desire is difficult to know in particular, and difficult to will even when it is known, because of contingencies of various kinds - within ourselves, in the ends and objects we pursue, and in the circumstances of choice. Since contingencies are fortune's  Read more...
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Bowlin, John R., 1959-
Contingency and fortune in Aquinas's ethics.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999
(DLC) 98035103
(OCoLC)39605700
Named Person: Thomas, Aquinas Saint; Thomas, Aquinas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John R Bowlin
ISBN: 0511003501 9780511003509
OCLC Number: 47008576
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 234 p.)
Contents: Virtue and difficulty --
The contingency of the human good --
Natural law and the limits of contingency --
Virtue and discontent --
Virtue and fortune.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in religion and critical thought, 6.
Responsibility: John Bowlin.

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In this study John Bowlin argues that Aquinas's moral theology receives much of its character and content from an assumption about our common lot: the good we desire is difficult to know in particular, and difficult to will even when it is known, because of contingencies of various kinds - within ourselves, in the ends and objects we pursue, and in the circumstances of choice. Since contingencies are fortune's effects, Aquinas also assumes that it is fortune that makes good choice difficult. And since it is the virtues that perfect choice, Aquinas finds he must treat a number of topics in light of this difficulty; the moral and theological virtues, the first precepts of the natural law, the voluntariness of virtuous action, and the happiness available to us in this life. By noting that Aquinas proceeds in this way, with an eye on fortune's threats to virtue, agency, and happiness, Bowlin places him more precisely in the history of ethics, among Aristotle, Augustine, and the Stoics.

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