The De Malo represents some of Aquinas' most mature thinking on goodness, badness, and human agency. In it he examines the full range of questions associated with evil: its origin, its nature, its relation to good, and its compatability with the existence of an omnipotent, benevolent God. This edition offers Richard Regan's new, clear readable English translation, based on the Leonine Commission's authoritative edition of the Latin text. Brian Davies has provided an extensive introduction and notes. (Please note:...
See more details below
On Evil

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$24.99 List Price


The De Malo represents some of Aquinas' most mature thinking on goodness, badness, and human agency. In it he examines the full range of questions associated with evil: its origin, its nature, its relation to good, and its compatability with the existence of an omnipotent, benevolent God. This edition offers Richard Regan's new, clear readable English translation, based on the Leonine Commission's authoritative edition of the Latin text. Brian Davies has provided an extensive introduction and notes. (Please note: this edition does not include the Latin text).
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Regan's translation is as felicitous and faithful as can be."—Theological Studies
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199882748
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 840,387
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Fordham University

Fordham University

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction 3
Question I On Evil 55
1 Is Evil an Entity? 55
2 Is There Evil in Good? 62
3 Is Good the Cause of Evil? 68
4 Is Evil Suitably Divided into the Evil of Moral Wrong and the Evil of Punishment? 75
5 Does Punishment or Moral Wrong Have More of the Nature of Evil? 80
Question II On Sins 89
1 Is an Act Involved in Every Sin? 89
2 Does Sin Consist Solely of the Will's Act? 95
3 Does Sin Consist Chiefly of Acts of the Will? 100
4 Is Every Act Morally Indifferent? 103
5 Are Some Acts Morally Indifferent? 109
6 Do Circumstances Specify Sins or Alter the Species of Sin by Transferring Them into Different Kinds of Sin? 114
7 Do Circumstances Make Sins More Serious without Imputing Species to Sins? 120
8 Do Circumstances Make Sins Infinitely More Serious, Namely, so as to Make Venial Sins Mortal? 123
9 Are All Sins Equal? 124
10 Are Sins More Serious Because They Are Contrary to a Greater Good? 130
11 Does Sin Diminish Natural Good? 132
12 Can Sin Destroy the Whole Natural Good? 137
Question III On the Causes of Sin 141
1 Does God Cause Sin? 141
2 Do Acts of Sin Come from God? 146
3 Does the Devil Cause Sin? 149
4 Can the Devil by Interior Persuasion Induce Human Beings to Sin? 154
5 Does the Devil Suggest Every Sin? 157
6 Regarding Human Sinners, Can Ignorance Cause Sin? 158
7 Is Ignorance a Sin? 161
8 Does Ignorance Excuse or Diminish Sin? 165
9 Can a Person Having Knowledge Sin out of Weakness? 168
10 Do We Impute Sins out of Weakness to Human Beings as Mortal Sins? 173
11 Does Weakness Make Sin Less or More Serious? 175
12 Can a Person Sin out of Malice, That is, Deliberate Malice? 177
13 Does the Sinner out of Malice Sin More Seriously than the Sinner out of Weakness? 181
14 Is Every Sin Done out of Malice a Sin against the Holy Spirit? 184
15 Can Sins against the Holy Spirit Be Forgiven? 189
Question IV On Original Sin 193
1 Is a Sin Contracted by Physical Descent? 193
2 What Is Original Sin? 200
3 Is Flesh or the Soul the Subject in Which Original Sin Inheres? 209
4 Does Original Sin Inhere in the Powers of the Soul Prior to Being in the Soul's Essence? 211
5 Does Original Sin Inhere in the Will Prior to Being in Other Powers? 214
6 Is Original Sin Transmitted by Adam to All Descendants from His Seed? 216
7 Do Those Begotten Only from Adam's Matter Contract Original Sin? 223
8 Are the Sins of Immediate Parents Transmitted by Physical Descent to Their Posterity? 225
Question V On the Punishment of Original Sin 231
1 Is Privation of the Vision of God a Fitting Punishment for Original Sin? 231
2 Does Original Sin Deserve Punishment of the Senses? 237
3 Do Those Who Die with Only Original Sin Suffer the Torment of Internal Anguish? 239
4 Are Death and Other Ills of This Life Punishment of Original Sin? 242
5 Are Death and Like Ills Natural to Human Beings? 245
Question VI On Human Choice 253
1 Do Human Beings Have Free Choice in Their Acts, or Do They Choose Necessarily? 253
Question VII On Venial Sin 265
1 Do We Properly Contradistinguish Venial Sin from Mortal Sin? 265
2 Does Venial Sin Diminish Charity? 273
3 Can Venial Sin Become Mortal? 279
4 Do Circumstances Make Venial Sins Mortal? 285
5 Can Venial Sin Belong to Higher Reason? 287
6 Can Venial Sin Belong to Sense Appetites? 292
7 Could Adam in the Condition of Innocence Have Sinned Venially? 295
8 Are the First Movements of the Sense Appetites of Unbelievers Venial Sins? 300
9 Can a Good or Bad Angel Sin Venially? 302
10 Is Venial Sin by One without Charity Punished by Eternal Punishment? 303
11 Are Any Venial Sins Remitted in Purgatory after This Life Ends? 308
12 Does Sprinkling Holy Water, Anointing the Body, and the Like Remit Venial Sins in This Life? 314
Question VIII On the Capital Sins 317
1 How Many Capital Sins Are There, and Which Sins Are? 317
2 Is Pride a Special Kind of Sin? 325
3 Does Pride Belong to Irascible Power? 332
4 Does Gregory Appropriately Assign Four Species of Pride? 338
Question IX On VainGlory 341
1 Is Vainglory a Sin? 341
2 Is Vainglory a Mortal Sin? 344
3 Do We Appropriately Assign Disobedience, Boasting, Hypocrisy, Contention, Obstinacy, Discord, and Audacity for Novelties as the Daughters of Vainglory? 348
Question X On Envy 351
1 Is Envy a Sin? 351
2 Is Envy a Mortal Sin? 354
3 Is Envy a Capital Sin? 359
Question XI On Spiritual Apathy 361
1 Is Spiritual Apathy a Sin? 361
2 Is Spiritual Apathy a Special Kind of Sin? 364
3 Is Spiritual Apathy a Mortal Sin? 366
4 Is Spiritual Apathy a Capital Sin? 369
Question XII On Anger 371
1 Is All Anger Sin, or Is Some Anger Good? 371
2 Can Anger Be a Sin? 377
3 Is Anger a Mortal Sin? 380
4 Is Anger a Less Serious Sin Than Hate and Envy and the Like? 384
5 Is Anger a Capital Sin? 386
Question XIII On Avarice 389
1 Is Avarice a Special Kind of Sin? 389
2 Is Avarice a Mortal Sin? 392
3 Is Avarice a Capital Sin? 395
4 Is Lending at Interest a Mortal Sin? 397
Question XIV On Gluttony 405
1 Is Gluttony Always a Sin? 405
2 Is Gluttony a Mortal Sin? 408
3 Does Gregory Appropriately List the Species of Gluttony? 412
4 Is Gluttony a Capital Sin? 415
Question XV On Sexual Lust 419
1 Is Every Act of Sexual Lust a Sin? 419
2 Is Every Act of Sexual Lust a Mortal Sin? 423
3 Are Fornication, Adultery, Incest, Seduction of a Virgin, Rape, and Sins Contrary to Nature the Species of Sexual Lust? 430
4 Is Sexual Lust a Capital Sin? 431
Question XVI On Devils 435
1 Do Devils Have Bodies Joined to Them by Nature? 435
2 Are Devils Evil by Their Nature or Their Will? 444
3 Did the Devil in Sinning Desire Equality with God? 452
4 Did the Devil Sin, or Could He Have Sinned, at the First Moment of His Creation? 458
5 Can Devils' Free Choice Return to Good after Their Sin? 467
6 Is a Devil's Intellect So Darkened after Sin That It Can Err or Be Deceived? 474
7 Do Devils Know Future Things? 482
8 Do Devils Know Our Interior Thoughts? 490
9 Can Devils Alter Material Substances by Changing the Substances' Forms? 495
10 Can Devils Cause the Locomotion of Material Substances? 500
11 Can Devils Affect the Soul's Cognitive Powers Regarding the Internal or External Senses? 503
12 Can Devils Affect Human Beings' Intellect? 509
Glossary of Terms 515
Glossary of Authors and Works Cited 521
Comparable Passages in Other Works of Aquinas 525
Non-Biblical Texts Cited 527
Select Bibliography 531
Index 537
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 1
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)