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Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought : Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas's Ethics Series Number 6 - John Bowlin

Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought

Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas's Ethics Series Number 6


Published: 12th August 2010
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In this study John Bowlin argues that Aquinas's moral theology receives much of its character and content from an assumption about our common lot: the good we desire is difficult to know in particular, and difficult to will even when it is known, because of contingencies of various kinds – within ourselves, in the ends and objects we pursue, and in the circumstances of choice. Since contingencies are fortune's effects, Aquinas also assumes that it is fortune that makes good choice difficult. And since it is the virtues that perfect choice, Aquinas finds he must treat a number of topics in light of this difficulty: the moral and theological virtues, the first precepts of the natural law, the voluntariness of virtuous action, and-the happiness available to us in this life. By noting that Aquinas proceeds in this way, with an eye on fortune's threats to virtue, agency, and happiness, Bowlin places him more precisely in the history of ethics, among Aristotle, Augustine, and the Stoics.

"...this is a collection that should be in every theological library as well as on the bookshelf of every ecumenist." John T. Ford, Religious Studies Review
"Contingecy and Fortune in Aquinas's Ethics is a superb and masterful study....a challenging, provocative, and engaging book....Few works in Aquinas's ethics have been as expertly researched and as carefully argued as this one. Bowlin argues convincingly for a new reading of how Aquinas understood the virtues. Scholars of Aquinas are indebted to him and, I suspect, will be conversing with him, and learning from him, in the years ahead." Modern Theology
...well worth reading..." Theological Studies

List of abbreviations
Virtue and difficulty
The contingency of the human good
Natural law and the limits of contingency
Virtue and discontent
Virtue and fortune
Epilogue: hope and happiness
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ISBN: 9780521153423
ISBN-10: 0521153425
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 12th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37