Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Kathi Beier gives a working paper on 'Thomas or Aristotle? The concept of virtue as part of a conflict of the faculties'

Being the first draft of the first chapter of my next book project on the concept of virtue in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, the paper outlines the project’s main aims and discusses some of the major objections raised against it’s underlying idea that the doctrine of virtue in Thomas Aquinas is Aristotelian. It tries to show that the differences in culture and religion between the fourth century B.C. and the thirteenth century of the middle ages does not preclude to consider Aquinas’s ethics as following Aristotle. Nor does the concept of grace that Aquinas includes in his theory of the virtues.

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