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Ethics as a Work of Charity : Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue

Author: David Decosimo
Publisher: Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020] ©2014
Series: Encountering traditions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most of us wonder how to make sense of the apparent moral excellences or virtues of those who have different visions of the good life or different religious commitments than our own. Rather than flattening or ignoring the deep difference between various visions of the good life, as is so often done, this book turns to the medieval Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas to find a better way. Thomas, it argues, shows us  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Thomas, Aquinas Saint; Thomas, Aquinas Saint
Material Type: Document, Government publication
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Decosimo
ISBN: 9780804791700 0804791708
OCLC Number: 1238757971
Language Note: English.
Notes: Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph.
Description: 1 online resource (354 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations, Translation, and Citation Matters --
Introduction: Intrusions of Grace --
1. Thomas and His Outsiders --
2. God, Good, and the Desire of All Things --
3. The Perfection of Habit --
4. Pagan Virtue: Perfect, Unified, and True --
5. "The Virtue of Many Gentiles" --
6. Boundaries and Ends --
7. Honest Goods --
8. Infidelitas and Final End Conceptions --
9. Sin and the Limits of Virtue --
10. The Other Face of Grace --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: Encountering traditions.
Responsibility: David Decosimo.

Abstract:

Most of us wonder how to make sense of the apparent moral excellences or virtues of those who have different visions of the good life or different religious commitments than our own. Rather than flattening or ignoring the deep difference between various visions of the good life, as is so often done, this book turns to the medieval Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas to find a better way. Thomas, it argues, shows us how to welcome the outsider and her virtue as an expression rather than a betrayal of one's own distinctive vision. It shows how Thomas, driven by a Christian commitment to charity and especially informed by Augustine, synthesized Augustinian and Aristotelian elements to construct an ethics that does justice--in love--to insiders and outsiders alike. Decosimo offers the first analysis of Thomas on pagan virtue and a reinterpretation of Thomas's ethics while providing a model for our own efforts to articulate a truthful hospitality and do ethics in our pluralist, globalized world.

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