On Law, Morality, and Politics by Thomas AquinasThe second edition of Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics retains the selection of texts presented in the first edition but offers them in new translations by Richard J. Regan--including that of his Aquinas, Treatise on Law (Hackett, 2000). A revised Introduction and glossary, an updated select bibliography, and the inclusion of summarizing headnotes for each of the units--Conscience, Law, Justice, Property, War and Killing, Obedience and Rebellion, and Practical Wisdom and Statecraft—further enhance its usefulness.
A History of Philosophy - 24 Thomas Aquinas' Christian Aristotelianism
Thomas Aquinas involves a merger of at least two apparently disparate traditions: Aristotelian eudaimonism and Christian theology. Achieving happiness, however, requires a range of intellectual and moral virtues that enable us to understand the nature of happiness and motivate us to seek it in a reliable and consistent way. On the other hand, Aquinas believes that we can never achieve complete or final happiness in this life. For him, final happiness consists in beatitude, or supernatural union with God. Such an end lies far beyond what we through our natural human capacities can attain. Moreover, Aquinas believes that we inherited a propensity to sin from our first parent, Adam. To this end, God imbues us with his grace which comes in the form of divinely instantiated virtues and gifts.
But lest supposititious utterances be taken for true, or adulterate for genuine, see to it that the wisdom of Thomas be drunk in from his own streams. Nevertheless, experience shows that it is difficult even in the training of young ecclesiastics to get them to read St. Thomas continuously. Indeed it may be feared that St. And by laymen in English-speaking countries he is read scarcely at all. Thomas, which he pressed upon the perusal of his auditors. Most of these passages are here translated, with additions.
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Catholicism portal. He is an immensely influential philosopher , theologian , and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism , within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism ; of which he argued that reason is found in God.