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Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good
     

Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good

by Thomas Hibbs
 

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ISBN-10: 0823220443

ISBN-13: 9780823220441

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Fordham University Press


In recent years, there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in classical conceptions of what it means for human beings to lead a good life. Although the primary focus of the return to classical thought has been Aristotle's account of virtue, the ethics of Aquinas has also received much attention. Our understanding of the integrity of Aquinas's thought has

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In recent years, there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in classical conceptions of what it means for human beings to lead a good life. Although the primary focus of the return to classical thought has been Aristotle's account of virtue, the ethics of Aquinas has also received much attention. Our understanding of the integrity of Aquinas's thought has clearly benefited from the recovery of the ethics of virtue.Understood from either a natural or a supernatural perspective, the good life according to Aquinas involves the exercise not just of the moral virtues, but also of the intellectual virtues. Following Aristotle, Aquinas divides the intellectual virtues into the practical, which have either doing (prudence) or making (art) as an end, and the theoretical or speculative, which are ordered to knowing for its own sake (understanding, knowledge, and wisdom). One of the intellectual virtues, namely, prudence has received much recent attention. With few exceptions, however, contemporary discussions of Aquinas ignore the complex and nuanced relationships among, and comparisons between, the different sorts of intellectual virtue. Even more striking is the general neglect of the speculative, intellectual virtues and the role of contemplation in the good life.In Virtue's Splendor Professor Hibbs seeks to overcome this neglect, approaching the ethical thought of Thomas Aquinas in terms of the great debate of antiquity and the Middle Ages concerning the rivalry between the active and the contemplative lives, between prudence and wisdom as virtues perfective of human nature. In doing so, he puts before the reader the breadth of Aquinas's vision of the good life.

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ISBN-13:
9780823220441
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Obstacles to the Recovery of Aquinas's Teaching on the Human Good1
1.Returning to the Human Things26
Nature and Human Nature26
Problems of Soul and Body44
Person and Nature: The Dilemma of Freedom55
Law, Freedom, and Nature65
2.Precepts, Prudence, and Politics86
From Law to Prudence88
From Prudence Back to Law108
Justice: Its Scope and Limits119
Friendship, Politics, and Human Excellence129
3.Contemplation and Prudence; Philosophy and Politics138
Wisdom and/or Prudence139
Negative Philosophy: The Limits of Metaphysics155
4.Contemplation, Action, and Divine Artistry163
The Ultimate End: Revelation's Dialectical Engagement of Nature166
Prudence, Contemplation, and Charity192
Beauty and Theological Pedagogy200
The Narrative Shape of Creation and Redemption207
Conclusion: The Good Life as the Practice of Truthfulness222
Bibliography229
Index245

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