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Acting on Principles: A Thomistic Perspective in Making Moral Decisions

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Acting on Principles, the product of over thirty years of teaching, gives a comprehensive overview of the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, placing it in dialogue with contemporary ethical theory and developments in Catholic theology since the Second Vatican Council. Suitable for students of ethics and moral theology, and general readers seeking Christian guidance in the formation of conscience and moral decision making, it presents the classical Catholic ethical tradition ...

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Overview

Acting on Principles, the product of over thirty years of teaching, gives a comprehensive overview of the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, placing it in dialogue with contemporary ethical theory and developments in Catholic theology since the Second Vatican Council. Suitable for students of ethics and moral theology, and general readers seeking Christian guidance in the formation of conscience and moral decision making, it presents the classical Catholic ethical tradition in a clear and lively style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608998043
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,298,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fr. Janko Zagar, O.P., a Catholic priest of the Dominican Order, is Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology and former Academic Dean of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is author of Bentham et la France, as well as numerous articles on moral theology and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Moral Continuity and Change xi

Part I The Meaning of Human Life

1 Acting for a Purpose 3

2 Happiness as Basic Motivation 13

3 Christian Perspective on Happiness 24

Part II Conditions of Responsibility

4 The Nature of Voluntariness 45

5 Structure of Human Acts 55

Part III Moral Good and Evil

6 The Nature of the Distinction 73

7 Situation Morality 94

8 Conscience 104

9 Social and Spiritual Dimension of Human Activity 127

Part IV Emotions

10 Nature and Morality of Emotions in General 151

11 Love, Pleasure, and Pain 168

Part V Moral Formation

12 Dispositions 183

13 Human Virtue 196

14 The Supernatural Dimension of Morality 214

Bibliography 221

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