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Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion : Metaphysics and Practice - Thomas S. Hibbs

Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion

Metaphysics and Practice

Hardcover Published: 31st May 2007
ISBN: 9780253348814
Number Of Pages: 236

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In Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, Thomas Hibbs recovers the notion of practice to develop a more descriptive account of human action and knowing, grounded in the venerable vocabulary of virtue and vice. Drawing on Aquinas, who believed that all good works originate from virtue, Hibbs postulates how epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and theology combine into a set of contemporary philosophical practices that remain open to metaphysics. Hibbs brings Aquinas into conversation with analytic and Continental philosophy and suggests how a more nuanced appreciation of his thought enriches contemporary debates. This book offers readers a new appreciation of Aquinas and articulates a metaphysics integrally related to ethical practice.

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Hibbs . . . convincingly argues that the practice of seeking the good--both moral and intellectual--leads to and requires metaphysics, and not the reverse. . . . The book will help those who want to (1) revisit Aquinas's epistemology, metaphysics, and virtue ethic, especially in light of [Hibbs's] substantial previous work on these questions; (2) investigate [Hibbs's] broader theses about metaphysics; (3) generate a more convincing philosophical foundation and a more robust description of social accountability for virtue theory and narrative ethics; or (4) engage one or more of [Hibbs's] admirably diverse interlocutors (Plantinga, MacDonald, Murdoch, Joyce, Turner, Marion, Zagzebski, Pieper, Gadamer, MacIntyre, Nietzsche, and others).March 2009--CRISTINA L. H. TRAINA "Northwestern University "

Preface: Metaphysics and Practicep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Ethics as a Guide into Metaphysicsp. 1
Virtue and Practicep. 13
Self-Implicating Knowledge: The Practice of Intellectual Virtuep. 35
Dependent Animal Rationality: Epistemology as Anthropologyp. 55
Metaphysics and/as Practicep. 75
Metaphysics, Theology, and the Practice of Naming Godp. 97
The Presence of a Hidden God: Idolatry, Metaphysics, and Forms of Lifep. 117
Portraits of the Artist: Eros, Metaphysics, and Beautyp. 135
Metaphysics of Contingency, Divine Artistry of Hopep. 163
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780253348814
ISBN-10: 0253348811
Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 31st May 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.95 x 16.49  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.55