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

Hibbs (philosophy, Boston College) begins with an introduction discussing "obstacles to the recovery of Aquinas's teaching on the human good," and concludes with discussion of the good life as the practice of truthfulness. In between, he explores the complex nuances of Aquinas's thinking on practical and speculative intellectual virtues, and he traces the debate prominent in antiquity and the Middle Ages concerning active and contemplative lives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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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: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

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

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