Hoffmann, Tobias - Müller, JörnPerkams, Matthias (eds.)
Aquinas and the Nicomachean Ethics / ed. by Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller, Matthias Perkams .-
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013
284 p.; EUR 72
ISBN: 9781107002678


Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is the text which had the single greatest influence on Aquinas's ethical writings, and the historical and philosophical value of Aquinas's appropriation of this text provokes lively debate. In this volume of new essays, thirteen distinguished scholars explore how Aquinas receives, expands on, and transforms Aristotle's insights about the attainability of happiness, the scope of moral virtue, the foundation of morality, and the nature of pleasure. They examine Aquinas's commentary on the Ethics and his theological writings, above all the Summa theologiae. Their essays show Aquinas to be a highly perceptive interpreter, but one who also who also brings certain presuppositions to the Ethics and alters key Aristotelian notions for his own purposes. The result is a rich and nuanced picture of Aquinas's relation to Aristotle that will be of interest to readers in moral philosophy, Aquinas studies, the history of theology, and the history of philosophy.



Table of Contents


1. Introduction Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller and Matthias Perkams

2. Historical accuracy in Aquinas's commentary on the Ethics T. H. Irwin

3. Structure and method in Aquinas's appropriation of Aristotelian ethical theory Michael Pakaluk

4. Duplex beatitudo: Aristotle's legacy and Aquinas's conception of human happiness Jörn Müller

5. Aquinas on choice, will, and voluntary action Matthias Perkams

6. Losable virtue: Aquinas on character and will Bonnie Kent

7. Aquinas's Aristotelian defense of martyr courage Jennifer Herdt

8. Being truthful with (or lying to) others about oneself Kevin Flannery, SJ

9. Aquinas on Aristotelian justice: defender, destroyer, subverter, or surveyor? Jeffrey Hause

10. Prudence and practical principles Tobias Hoffmann

11. Aquinas on incontinence and psychological weakness Martin Pickavé

12. Philia and caritas: some aspects of Aquinas's reception of Aristotle's theory of friendship Marko Fuchs

13. Pleasure: a supervenient end Kevin White

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