By Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
The goal of Aquinas's Ethics is to put Thomas Aquinas's ethical idea in its complete philosophical and theological context and to take action in a fashion that makes Aquinas (1224/5-1274) effortlessly available to scholars and basic readers, together with these encountering Aquinas for the 1st time. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Colleen McCluskey, and Christina Van Dyke commence via explaining Aquinas's theories of the human individual and human motion, considering that those flooring his ethical idea. of their interpretation, Aquinas's theological commitments crucially form his account of the human individual, human capacities for motion, and human flourishing. The authors strengthen a accomplished photo of Aquinas's suggestion, that's designed to aid scholars know how his thought of happiness and the nice lifestyles are a part of a coherent, theologically-informed worldview.
"Aquinas’s Ethicsis an ideal creation to at least one of the main subtle and influential moral structures in Western idea. DeYoung, McCluskey, and Van Dyke seize the intense readability of Aquinas’s ethical imaginative and prescient, providing an illuminating viewpoint actual to either the theoretical intensity and useful richness of Aquinas’s writings. these new to Aquinas’s rules will locate this ebook eminently readable. Everyone—students and students alike—will have fun with its direct, designated voice and transparent philosophical intelligence." —Scott MacDonald, Norma okay. Regan Professor in Christian reviews, Cornell University
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More than anything else, though, it involves actualizing our rational capacities, since these capacities both distinguish us from other animals and link us with God. The natural question is how the lower-level capacities we have just discussed ground the operation of the rational capacities, which include intellect and will. INTELLECT AND WILL Aquinas is fond of hierarchies, as we have seen; the hierarchy he describes of the soul's capacities is particularly telling for his account of human nature and its ultimate end.
Moreover, we fully actualize those capacities only when we direct them toward perfect, complete truth and perfect, complete goodness-that is, only when we direct them toward God. BEING AND GOODNESS REVISITED The pay-off of Aquinas's discussion of the soul's capacities (and in particular the discussion of intellect and will) is not just a deeper understanding of human nature, although that is certainly important. Rather, it is the insight into both how human beings can act and how they should act.
Thus, there are fundamental connections between the process of action and the elements of Aquinas's ethics. 34 Human beings are able to act because they possess the capacities of intellect and will. Also, although these events are presented sequentially, an event that occurs earlier on the list is not necessarily temporally prior to one listed later, although certain events will be logically priot to others. For example, one cannot make a choice unless one has at least one possibility in mind from which to choose.